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Lidstrom's new two-year deal with Wings worth $15M

DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom and the Red Wings agreed to a
two-year extension on Wednesday that will keep the star defenseman under
contract with Detroit through the 2009-10 season.

The two-year deal is worth about $15 million.

"Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several
years," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "He's a great
captain and role model who does everything right, both on and off
the ice."

Winner of five Norris Trophies, the 37-year-old Swede is the
highest-scoring defenseman in Red Wings history with 900 points in
15 seasons. He was picked by Detroit in the third round of the 1989 draft.

In 1,212 regular-season NHL games, Lidstrom has 205 goals and
695 assists. He has 39 goals and 97 assists in 192 playoff games.

The eight-time NHL All-Star has three goals and 29 in 36 games
this season. He has points in 21 of the last 28 games.