Red Wings agree to terms with defenceman Lidstrom through 2009-’10 season

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract extension with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.

Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season. The extension means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-’10 season.

“Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,” Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.

“We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”

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Lidstrom is currently second among NHL defenceman in scoring with 32 points (three goals, 29 points) heading into Detroit’s game Wednesday night versus St. Louis. He’s the highest-scoring defenceman in Red Wings history with 900 points in 15 NHL seasons.

Lidstrom, 37, is a five-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman. He was was selected in the third round, 53rd overall, by Detroit in the 1989 NHL entry draft.

In 1,212 NHL regular-season games, the eight-time league all-star has 205 goals and 695 assists. He has added 39 goals and 97 assists in 192 career playoff games.