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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Red Wings to Retire Nicklas Lidstrom's Number

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The legendary long-serving member of the Detroit Red Wings will be the last player to ever don the #5 for the storied franchise.

Claus Andersen

Nicklas Lidstrom is one of the all-time greats. Where exactly he ranks among the league's great defensemen is up for debate, but there is no question that his name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with Bobby Orr, Raymond Bourque, Doug Harvey, and the like. A player that Dallas Stars fans became all to familiar with during his prime years, Lidstrom will see his #5 hanging from the rafters of Joe Louis Arena this year.

The Wings will retire his number in a ceremony on March 6th in a game against the Colorado Avalanche, the same week that the Dallas Stars plan to retire the #9 that was famously worn by Lidstrom's one-time teammate in Detroit, Mike Modano. Lidstrom won 7 Norris Trophies as the league's top defenseman, all in a 10 year span. He retired after the 2011-2012 season, after playing 20 years with the Red Wings franchise. [TSN]

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