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Red Wings, city to extend Joe Louis Arena lease talks past expiration date

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings and Mayor Dave Bing have agreed to extend discussions on a new lease deal that will keep the hockey club at Joe Louis Arena.

Olympia Entertainment spokesman Tom Pyden said Wednesday that the Red Wings continue to have "active, ongoing discussions" with Bing and his team, and that the talks are "progressing."

Joe Louis Arena opened in 1979. The Red Wings' building lease at the downtown venue expires Wednesday.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in May that the team probably would play at Joe Louis Arena again next season.

The team has been contemplating whether to build a new arena or move at least temporarily to The Palace of Auburn Hills, the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

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