Lidstrom Reportedly Retiring: Ranking the Top 10 Defensemen in NHL History

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Lidstrom Reportedly Retiring: Ranking the Top 10 Defensemen in NHL History
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There is no question that Nicklas Lidstrom, who recently announced (via ESPN) his retirement from hockey after 20 NHL seasons, is among the best defensemen ever to play the game.

We know Lidstrom is bound for the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible, but where exactly does he rank among the game's greats?

It's always tough to compare players who played in different eras and to weigh the value of those who played before many of us were born, but here is a look at the NHL's 10 best defensemen and where Lidstrom fits on this list.

Let the debate begin.

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