The Detroit Red Wings signed defenceman Niklas Kronwall to a seven year extension today. The deal is worth a total of $33.25 million and a yearly cap hit of $4.75 million.
Kronwall was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season along with defence partner Brad Stuart, as well as forwards Jiri Hudler, Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom. Nicklas Lidstrom will stay a Wing or retire and RFA's Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader will be due for a raise.
Kronwall's contract news immediately made me breath easier about the offseason. With Nik Jr. signed, the Wings have a lot of flexibility for the deadline and potential free agen...
When Kris Draper retired in the summer, it opened up a spot for a player to have an 'A' patched on their jersey. Forward-crusher Niklas Kronwall will wear it with pride.
Kronwall will be in the familiar rotation of three assistant captains with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
At the beginning of the season, I went through some of the possible candidates for being a captain and a few that I mentioned were Kronwall, Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom.
Since Holmstrom is on the decline and he is an informal leader anyway because of his experience, I thought Kronwall or Helm would be a good fit; Helm for his dogged determination, making teammates want to emulate hi...