NHL Power Rankings: Nicklas Lidstrom and the Top 25 Defensemen of All Time

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NHL Power Rankings: Nicklas Lidstrom and the Top 25 Defensemen of All Time
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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski announced his retirement recently. Fellow Wings blueliner Nicklas Lidstrom is possibly pondering retirement and even if he isn't, the 41-year-old doesn't have too many years left.

The truly great defensemen are beginning to retire from the NHL, ushering in a new era of new top defensive talent.

Before that day comes, let's take a trip down memory lane and remember the best defensemen to ever play the game.

Here are the top 25 defensemen in NHL history.

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