Winter Classic's free-agent impact 

February, 9, 2012
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Nicklas LidstromGregory Shamus/Getty ImagesWill the Winter Classic impact Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement decision?
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom stood on the football field at Michigan Stadium and looked around at the massive empty stands around him. The Winter Classic will be at the Big House next year. That's been decided.

Whether or not Lidstrom will actually play in it hasn't been decided, although he was intrigued by the surroundings on Thursday.