Kronwall inks 5-year, $15 million extension with Detroit

DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall signed a
five-year, $15-million contract extension through the 2011-12
season on Friday.

Kronwall, 25, had three assists in the first 16 games this
season after playing in only 27 contests last season because of a
knee injury.

He will earn $1.5 million in 2007-08, $3 million in 2008-09,
$3.25 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11 and $3.75 million
in 2011-12.

Kronwall, Detroit's first pick and the 29th overall selection in
the 2000 draft, has two goals and 15 assists in 63 NHL games. He
won a gold medal with Sweden at this year's Turin Olympics.