Will Yoder
Monday October 31st, 2011

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Niklas Kronwall on a seven-year deal, according to a tweet from the team’s official account.

The Swedish seven-year veteran has gained a reputation for his powerful on ice presence and his open ice hits. The reliable stay-at-home defenseman regularly averages over 20 minutes per game and boasts a career +/- of +52. With the potential retirement of Red Wings captain and fellow Swede and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who is in his 20th season, the Red Wings have secured a force in Kronwall on the blueline many seasons to come. Kronwall’s current contract was set to expire after this season.

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