Nicklas Lidstrom will be the next captain of the Red Wings, replacing Steve Yzerman, the Free Press has learned.
But the team is holding off on a formal announcement, according to a person in the organization, to make a big splash before the season starts. Training camp opens Sept. 15 in Traverse City.
If Leetch isn’t signed by training camp, him to announce his retirement.
The NHL may be without an official CMO this season as Michael LaBroad, who this past February became the first person to hold that title with the league, will not return for the 2006-07 campaign.
According to a league official familiar with the situation, LaBroad recently decided against relocating his family to New York from the Midwest. LaBroad had been living in a hotel since February while looking for a permanent residence.