Lidstrom's role with Red Wings

Nicklas Lidstrom isn't coming out of retirement (as far as we know), but the Detroit Red Wings legend returned to Hockeytown this week to spend quality time around the organization with which he spent 20 seasons and won four Stanley Cups before hanging up his skates last spring.

Here's the skinny from George Malik of Kukla's Korner:

The two parties [will] attempt to define Lidstrom's post-hockey role with the team as a part-time Swedish scout, an ambassador of sorts, a draw for sponsors and, most likely, an at-large member of the Wings' braintrust regarding moves made at the trade deadline, the draft and in free agency.

Is there any chance at all that Lidstrom could be convinced to return as a player -- especially following fellow fortysomething Teemu Selanne's hot start with the Anaheim Ducks this season? Still not likely, says Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.