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Red Wings lock up Lebda for four

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Brett Lebda to a four-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal are not available.

"Brett was impressive in the time he spent with us last season," said Holland. "He possesses the skills I think will help contribute to the success of this organization in the long-term."

Lebda, 24 (1/15/82), split time between the Red Wings and its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2005-06 season. The 24-year-old Illinois native played 46 games with Detroit last season and tallied 12 points (3-9-12) with a plus-nine rating.

He made an immediate impact with the Red Wings when he scored a goal in his first National Hockey League (NHL) game on opening night (10/5/05) against the St. Louis Blues. Lebda was steady on the blueline during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He played in all six of Detroit's playoff games and averaged 13:08 per game along with a plus-three rating.

The Red Wings originally signed Lebda as a free agent on July 21, 2004, after he played four years for the University of Notre Dame in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
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