Abdelkader signs seven-year extension with Red Wings


Justin Abdelkader could end his NHL career in Detroit, after signing a seven-year contract extension with the Red Wings.

Terms of Abdelkader's deal were not disclosed on Thursday but the veteran forward is reportedly set to earn $29.75million through the duration of the contract.

Abdelkader, 28, is in the last year of his contract, and would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Abdelkader has four goals and seven points in 15 games this season. He is coming off of a career season, during which he scored 23 goals and 44 points to shatter his previous career best of 28 points.

"To hopefully end my career here in Detroit is a dream come true for me," Abdelkader said.

"When you come into the league you never know how long you'll be on a team. But it's been very special for me and I'm very thankful, obviously, to the Ilitch family, Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch, Ken Holland, the management team, my team-mates throughout my years here."

Selected by Detroit with the 42nd overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, Abdelkader has 139 points career points in 413 total games.

He has also appeared in 59 play-off games since 2009, posting five goals and 12 points.