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Wings, Abdelkader agree on two-year deal

Monday, 08.23.2010 / 12:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Wings, Abdelkader agree on two-year deal
Detroit Red Wings power forward Justin Abdelkader has agreed to a new two-year deal with the club, GM Ken Holland announced Monday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
 
Abdelkader, 23, was Detroit's second-round selection (No. 42) at the 2005 Entry Draft.  He appeared in 50 games for the Red Wings in 2009-10, collecting six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and 35 penalty minutes and finished third on the team with 152 hits.

A Michigan native (Muskegon), Abdelkader appeared in 11 games for the Red Wings during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and 36 penalty minutes. Abdelkader also played in 33 games for AHL Grand Rapids last season, notching 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and 86 penalty minutes.
 
A star at Michigan State, Abdelkader helped the Spartans capture the 2007 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, scoring the game-winning goal with just 18.9 seconds left in the championship game against Boston College. He was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player.

The Red Wings open the 2010-11 season on Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena.
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