Record contract signed by Detroit winger

DETROIT, April 11 (UPI) -- The Detroit Red Wings signed right wing Johan Franzen to an unprecedented 11-year contact Saturday, the longest in franchise history.

No dollar figure was disclosed.


Entering Saturday's contest against Chicago, Franzen, 29, had set personal single-season marks with 34 goals and 25 assists (59 points) in 69 contests.

He played 17 minutes in the Red Wings' 4-2 loss.

In three previous NHL seasons, the native of Vetlanda, Sweden, had not compiled 27 goals or 38 points in any season.

"We are thrilled that Johan will remain a member of the Detroit Red Wings," said Detroit General Manager Ken Holland. "His production over the past year-and-a-half, both regular season and playoffs, has been remarkable and we feel, at 29 years old, that he is just now entering the prime of his career. We look forward to having him as a part of our core unit in Detroit moving forward."

During last season's Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored 13 goals in 16 games.

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