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Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 10:33 am
 
By: Adam Gretz

There has been a lot of talk for a couple of weeks now that the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Niklas Kronwall were involved in contract talks, and on Monday the team announced, via Twitter, that the two sides have come to an agreement on a seven-year contract extension.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the contract has an average annual salary of $4.75 million.

The 31-year-old Kronwall is currently in his eighth year with the Red Wings after being a first-round selection by the team in 2000. He's scored 35 goals and recorded 148 assists in 394 games, and is perhaps best known for his physical style of play and crushing open-ice hits. Had a new contract not been worked out prior to July 1, he would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency and would have no doubt been one of the top players on the market. This new deal makes him the focal point of the Red Wings defense going forward (well, he will be when Nicklas Lidstrom retires).

With Kronwall secured through the 2018-19 season the Red Wings now have Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson signed together for at least the next three years.

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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Like everyone else here I love the signing. Kronwall's best years are ahead of him and he's already a good player. Once Lidstrom retires he'll be the number 1 guy on the blue line. I'm surprised no one's been pessimistic about this since he still misses about 15 games a year, but I'm still really happy with the signing. Very fair price for how good he is and will be in the near future.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Great sign especially for the price. This is what happens when your a 1st class organization. Its teams like the BJ's that have to overpay for guys like Wiz.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

I agree 69. Good post. I'm, too, am relievedy that Kronny will remain a Wing for years to come.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

All Right !!!!!! Great move to keep Kronwall in Detroit.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Great signing by a supberb GM for the classiest team in all of sports. GO WINGS




Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Awesome signing.  We have the core intact giving us a bright future to a team that is currently good.  Go Wings!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:35 am
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

Wow. I have no idea how Kenny Holland does it, but this is a great signing.  I didn't think it was possible, I said many times that losing Kronwall was on my mind and that after seeing some of the crazy signings this past summer would probably want to test free agency. At an average of 4.75 per season, that's an outstanding deal for the Wings in my opinion.  By the time the new contract kicks in, he'll only have been 31 for around 4 months....still a very nice age with a few good years left.  He's off to a slow start this year but he's a guy that logs between 23 to 25 minutes per game and has never been a minus player at the end of any season.

Look at the most recent d-men signings in the NHL.  Wisniewski might be 3 years younger, but he got 5.5 per year for 6 years, I'll take Kronwall over him any time.  Wiz had a good year with 50 points last year but his minus 14 on Montreal wasn't impressive. Jovanovski got 4.5 per season for 4 years and he's 36..... I won't get into the rest of the signings that happened but I believe 4.75 is a great deal for the Wings and I'm as certain as I can be he would have received much better offers on July 1st had he waited.... obviously Kronwall, like many others in the past is willing to take less to stay in Detroit.

Props to Kenny Holland for a job well done... great deal for the Wings. 



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:21 am
 

Niklas Kronwall signs 7-year extension with Wings

The core is signed and we have a bunch of money for next year's free agent class...Look out for the Winged Wheel's at the trade deadline also, Kenny Holland has his wallet back and he knows how to use it.



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