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Detroit Red Wings sign Henrik Zetterberg to 12-year contract

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings signed Henrik Zetterberg to the longest contract in team history, a US$73-million, 12-year deal that will keep the star forward in Hockeytown until 2021.

Zetterberg will earn $7.4 million next season, $7.75 million from 2010-11 through 2012-13, $7.5 million from 2013-14 through 2016-17, $3.35 million in 2017-18, and a $1 million in the each of the final two years of the deal.

"Henrik is one of the world's premier players at both ends of the ice," general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "This is a tremendous commitment on the part of the organization as well as by Henrik.

"We are thrilled that a player we drafted and developed will play out his career in Detroit with this lifetime contract."

Zetterberg, a 28-year-old native of Sweden, is in his sixth NHL season, all with Detroit. He has 43 points in 45 games.

Zetterberg, a seventh-round selection in the 1999 draft, won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics playing for the Swedish national team and scored the clinching goal in Game 6 of last year's Stanley Cup final, leading the Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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