Red Wings sign defenceman Niklas Kronwall to $15-million, five-year extension

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.

The 25-year-old Stockholm native had three assists in 16 games this season heading into Friday’s game against St. Louis. He has two goals and 15 assists in 63 career NHL games.

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Kronwall, who was limited to 27 games last year after suffering a serious knee injury, was Detroit’s first pick, 29th overall, in the 2000 NHL entry draft.