The Red Wings have signed Abdelkader to a seven-year contract extension worth $29.75 million, Sportsnet.ca reports. The lucrative deal for Abdelkader will cause a $4.25 million salary cap hit for each year of the contract. That's a large chunk of change for a player who has yet to record more than 50 points in a single season, but Abdelkader is an up-and-coming player who plays a relentless brand of hockey and isn't likely to lose his grip on a top-six role any time soon.
Since tallying five points in the first two games of the season, Abdelkader has gone ice cold, failing to register on the scoresheet for six consecutive games. That early productivity helped pin Abdelkader to a top-line spot, which he still enjoys, but the returns have been quite meager. Over the course of those six scoreless games, he's put only seven shots on goal, total, despite clearing 19 minutes three times. Abdelkader surprisingly broke out as a legitimate scoring threat last year, and this season's early returns made it seem like he had a chance to build on that, but he's come back down to earth in a big way. Moderate your expectations and you won't be disappointed.
Abdelkader's hot start continued Saturday with a two-point effort against the Hurricanes. He scored the game-winning goal and added an assist. That makes five points in two games -- do you think he likes his new gig on the top line? Stick in the spurs and ride this streak for as long it goes. Or better yet, find the owner who thinks Abdelkader is the second coming and sell high, especially if this continues for another couple games.
Justin Abdelkader recorded an assist and six hits in his return to the lineup in Tuesday's Game 3 victory over the Lightning.
Justin Abdelkader (hand) is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, mlive.com reports.
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