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Wings ink Franzen to 11-year deal

Saturday, 04.11.2009 / 1:30 PM / News
Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed forward Johan Franzen to an eleven-year contract.  In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.  The eleven-year pact represents the second longest deal in club history, just behind the twelve-year contract signed by teammate Henrik Zetterberg in January.
 
“We are thrilled that Johan will remain a member of the Detroit Red Wings” said 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.”
 
Franzen was originally a third round draft pick (97th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  He is currently in his fourth season in the National Hockey League.  In 69 games played this season, Franzen has already set career highs in goals (34), assists (25) and points (59).  He burst into the NHL spotlight last March scoring 14 goals and adding four assists for 18 points in just 13 games.  Six of Franzen’s 14 goals were game-winning goals, eclipsing the franchise record of five in one month held by Gordie Howe and Zetterberg.  ‘Mule’ would finish the 2007-08 regular season by scoring 15 goals over the final 16 games. 
 
Franzen’s incredible run continued into the 2008 playoffs.  He found the back of the net 13 times in just 16 postseason games.  Along the way, he set or tied numerous franchise playoff records including most goals in one playoff year (13, with Zetterberg), most goals in one playoff series (9), most game-winning goals in one playoff year (5), longest playoff goal streak (5 games) and most three-goal games in one playoff series (2). 
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