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Red Wings sign F Franzen to 11-year deal

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DETROIT (AP) -The Detroit Red Wings have taken another step toward keeping their talent together.

Detroit signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year deal Saturday, keeping him off the free agent market.

The Red Wings also kept forward Henrik Zetterberg off the market with a 12-year deal in January. They are hoping to do the same with forward Marian Hossa before he becomes a free agent this summer.

Franzen led Detroit with 34 goals. His 59 points trailed only Pavel Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Hossa. After averaging 11 goals in his first two seasons, Franzen had 27 goals last year in the regular season and 13 in the playoffs to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup.

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