Red Wings Sign Johan Franzen Through 2020
The Detroit Red Wings have done a fine job retaining the talent that helped them win the Stanley Cup last season, and have taken another step in retaining their future talents for the remainder of their careers. Detroit has locked up sniper Johan Franzen with an 11-year contract, at the end of which Franzen will turn 40 years old.
The flashy sniper has 34 goals in 69 games this season while averaging just over 18 minutes of ice time. He scored 13 goals in 16 playoff games in 2008 en route to Detroit’s Stanley Cup championship run. He joins Henrik Zetterberg (12 years, $73 million) as Red Wings who have signed long-term contracts. Marian Hossa, who could be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is likely the next target with whom the Red Wings would like to negotiate a contract extension.
Franzen is known for his offensive flair, and has provided many highlight-reel moments this season. Likely his best goal was this one from November against Montreal:
Other Johan Franzen Highlights:
- Nifty Score Against St. Louis
- Overtime Game-winner Against Nashville in Game 5 of 2008 Playoffs
- Strong Powerplay Tally Against Pittsburgh
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