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Nicklas Lidstrom retirement talk begins

Updated: April 20, 2012, 11:07 AM ET
By Craig Custance

NASHVILLE -- It was about as ideal a finish to an athletic career as anyone could dream up. Last spring, Bruins forward Mark Recchi raised the Stanley Cup in British Columbia, the province where he started playing hockey. He got to leave the game on his own terms, officially announcing his retirement just moments after he passed the Cup to a teammate.

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