Friday, August 25, 2006

Franzen signs three-year deal with Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Johan Franzen to a three-year contract worth $2.825 milllion.

''Johan had a very good rookie season in the NHL,'' said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. ''He was a big part of our penalty killing, provided us with a physical presence and played very well in the playoffs. Moving into his second NHL season and beyond, we're hopeful he can gain some confidence and increase his contribution in the scoring department as well.''

The 26-year-old Franzen made his NHL debut last season and led Detroit rookies with 12 goals and 16 points in 80 games. He was the first Red Wings' rookie to play in 80 games since Nicklas Lidstrom did so in 1991-1992.

The native of Vetlanda, Sweden was drafted by the Red Wings in the third round (97th overall) in 2004.


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