Sweden’s Lidström signs with Red Wings for 20th NHL season

Swedish defenseman Nicklas Lidström said Monday he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.2 million to play a 20th National Hockey League season for the Detroit Red Wings.

Sweden's Lidström signs with Red Wings for 20th NHL season

Lidström, a member of four Stanley Cup championship teams with Detroit, decided a year ago to delay his retirement, taking a break only for his eldest son to begin school in Sweden.

The 41-year-old Red Wings captain scored 16 goals and assisted on 46 others to rank second among NHL defenseman in offensive contributions, improving his numbers from his prior two seasons.

“Nick had a tremendous year and continues to be one of the elite defenseman in the game,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

But Lidström waited two months after the Red Wings were eliminated by San Jose in the Stanley Cup playoffs before deciding to return.

“The reason it took so long was I wanted to make sure I found the motivation,” Lidström said.

Lidström is a finalist for the 11th time in 13 seasons for the Norris Trophy as top NHL defenseman and should he win it for the seventh time on Wednesday he would be only one shy of the all-time record Norris awards won by Bobby Orr, a 1960s legend for the Boston Bruins, the reigning NHL champions.

The Red Wings has made the playoffs for 19 seasons in a row, a streak that began in Lidström’s NHL debut campaign.

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It’s official: Sweden’s Lundqvist is the NHL’s best goalie

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist made 12 straight saves to win the goaltender competition at the NHL all-star game's skill night.

It's official: Sweden's Lundqvist is the NHL's best goalie
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers celebrates winning the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak during the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills contest on Friday in San Jose, California. Photo: Thearon W. Hender
The New York Rangers goalie knocked off Russian Olympian Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who held the lead through several rounds after stopping the first eight shots he faced. 
The skill contests held on Friday night in San Jose, California also saw Edmonton Oilers speedster Connor McDavid win his third straight fastest skater title in a competition that included a female participant for the first time.
Canada's McDavid charged around the rink in just 13.37 seconds to eclipse Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, who finished in 13.58 seconds at the SAP Center arena.
Kendall Coyne, who plays on the American women's national team, was invited to take part and finished seventh out of eight skaters, beating out Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller. Coyne cruised to a time of 14.34 seconds while Keller, who has 11 goals and 35 points with the Coyotes this season, finished in 14.52. 
“I thought she was unbelievable,” McDavid said. “She was absolutely flying out there.” 
Last year, Coyne's teammate Hilary Knight did the accuracy shooting drill, but her impressive time wasn't included in the official results.
Johnny Gaudreau defended his title in the puck control contest with a time of 27.045, and John Carlson, who captured a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last season, won the hardest shot contest with a blast of 102.8 mph.
The NHL all-star game will take place on Sunday.