It's going to be the latter, as the 40-year-old Lidstrom has signed a one-year contract with Detroit. This is, of course, nothing but good news for the Red Wings and their Stanley Cup chances for next season.
Even at 40, Lidstrom is still capable of playing at an extremely high level. He's coming off a season that saw him average over 25 minutes of icetime per game (11th among all defensemen) and record 49 points. The point total was the fourth-lowest of his career, but was still good enough to place him in the top 10 for defensemen.
The remaining unrestricted free agents for Detroit include hulking forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi, as well as Jason Williams, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja. Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader are eligible for restricted free agency. When figuring in the deals for Lidstrom and Hudler, the Wings are going to have less than $10 million in available cap space (assuming the cap goes up to $58 million) to fill out the remainder of their roster.