Report: Red Wings Sign Kronwall for Five Years

Canada’s TSN reported on Thursday that the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million.

The 25-year-old Kronwall broke into the NHL in 2003-04, filling in on an injury-depleted Red Wings lineup until suffering an injury of his own, a broken leg from a freak accident during pre-game warmups in a January 23, 2004, matchup with in Los Angeles.

After spending the 2004-05 NHL lockout season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where ne was named the league’s top defenseman, Kronwall was back with the Wings for 2005-06, only to suffer another major injury. In a preseason game in Colorado on September 27, 2005, his left ACL was torn on a hit by Dan Hinote, leaving him off the roster until February of 2006.

The deal reportedly calls for Kronwall to be paid $1.5 million in 2007-08, $3 million in 2008-09, $3.25 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-2011, and $3.75 million in 2011-2012, making his salary cap hit $3 million. He will make $1.14 million this season, in the last year of a two-year deal signed in the summer of 2005.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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