Detroit signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year deal Saturday, keeping him off the free agent market and retaining talent that helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.[Link]
It's rumored to average out to be around $3.9M per season of a cap hit. I understood the really long contract for Zetterberg, but 11 years for Franzen seems extremely long to me. Yes, he's had a good year and a half in Detroit, but he's 29 years old and didn't produce much at all during his first two NHL seasons. Wonder how much the deal was for. Certainly made the deal longer to lower the average cap hit per season. Maybe that was what they needed to do in order to sign both Franzen and Marian Hossa.