Red Wings, Kronwall agree on 7-yr, $33.25 mil deal
Monday, October 31, 2011
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings and Niklas Kronwall have agreed to terms on a seven-year, $33.25 million contract.
The deal announced Monday keeps the 30-year-old defenseman off the market next summer.
Detroit drafted the hard-hitting Swede with the 29th overall pick in 2000 and he was a key player for the franchise's 2008 Stanley Cup team.
He was named an assistant captain this season and will be counted on for even more leadership when 41-year-old defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retires. Kronwall has a goal and an assist in nine games this season. He has 35 goals, including a career-high 11 last season, and 183 points over 394 games.
Kronwall is in what's known as the Triple Gold Club with an Olympic gold medal, world championship and Stanley Cup title.