Nicklas Lidstrom will be back in town this week — just not wearing a Red Wings jersey.

Lidstrom and likewise retired former teammate Tomas Holmstrom will be signing autographs Saturday at the 97.1 The Ticket's Fourth Annual Detroit SportsFest at Novi's Suburn Collection Showplace Exhibit Hall A.

Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, retired after last season after a Hall of Fame-bound 20-year career.

The Red Wings say Lidstrom is expected to attend both Wednesday's game against St. Louis and Friday's game against Anaheim. It's natural to presume Lidstrom will be acknowledged somehow by the organization, possibly by a ceremonial dropping of the puck in one of the two games.

From The Detroit News: