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by George Malik on 09/12/12 at 03:19 PM ET
Good news for Justin Abdelkader? Probably, regardless of how much of his contract he'll actually be paid under the new CBA. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on signing Abdelkader to a 4-year deal:
"I anticipate we'll get something done before Saturday,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're down to the short strokes. We've been close for a few days, just finalizing some things.''
Holland confirmed that it will be a four-year deal, which buys into two years of Abdelkader's unrestricted free agency.
Earlier, Abdelkader said he hoped to sign by Thursday
"I would like to get it done before (Saturday, when the collective bargaining agreement expires),'' Abdelkader said.
Abdelkader, 25, earned $825,000 last season. His new deal might be worth around $1.7 million a season.
Update: the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:
“I’ve talked to his agent (Wade Arnott) a few times in the last couple of days and I anticipate we’ll get something done soon. We’ve been close for a few days.”
The deal will be for four years.
Abdelkader, who didn’t file for salary arbitration, earned $825,000 last season.
“I’m going to call my agent today so hopefully it’ll be in the next day,” Abdelkader said. “I would like to get it done before the 15th.”
Update #2: Here's even more from the Detroit News's Ted Kuflan:
This time, it really does look like Justin Abdelkader will finally have a new contract finalized.
The restricted free agent forward has been patiently waiting for a new contract to be worked out with the Red Wings all summer.
Abdelkader was going to contact his agent later today and a contract should be finalized and announced before Saturday’s collective bargaining agreement expires.
“I would hope to get something done before the 15th (when the CBA expires),” Abdelkader said.
General manager Ken Holland indicated the other day both sides were close to a contract agreement.
Abdelkader’s deal is likely to be structured similarly to forward Darren Helm’s, likely for four years, with Abdelkader’s salary likely being doubled from the $825,000 he made last season.
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