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Red Wings sign Luke Glendening to a four-year contract extension

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DETROIT, MICH — The Red Wings have announced that they have signed Luke Glendening to a four-year contract extension. AAV has yet to be disclosed, but we will keep you posted:

There’s going to be a lot of mixed feelings on this, as people are either hot or cold on Luke Glendening as a player. This deal will lock him up until he is 32. He’s nothing more than a fourth-line player, so I can’t really say this was a swell idea. I think we all know the deal with Glendening — Not an analytics darling, not a consistent point producer, OK in the faceoff dot, and he can block shots. The Red Wings brass loves the guy, so I can’t say the extension is surprising to me. What will be really telling is how much he ends up making.

UPDATE:

Per Ansar Khan, Luke Glendening’s cap hit will be $1.8 million:

Yikes.

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Glendening, 27, has skated in all but one game for the Red Wings over the past two seasons, picking up a career-high 21 points (8-13-21) and 46 penalty minutes in 81 games for Detroit in 2015-16. He ranked among team leaders with 81 games played (T4th), a plus-four rating (T3rd), three game-winning goals (T4th), 143 hits (2nd), 71 blocked shots (T4th), 20 takeaways (T8th) and a 54.6% faceoff percentage (1st). The 5-foot-11, 194-pound forward has totaled 219 NHL games since 2013-14, picking up 46 points (21-25-46) and 102 penalty minutes. Glendening has also appeared in 17 playoff games for the Red Wings over the past three years, picking up five points (3-2-5) and eight penalty minutes.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native was originally signed as a free agent by the Red Wings after spending the 2012-13 campaign on an American Hockey League contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins. In his first professional season, he helped his hometown team win the AHL’s Calder Cup, picking up 26 points (8-18-26) in 51 regular-season games and adding 16 points (6-10-16) in 24 playoff games. Glendening spent parts of two seasons with the Griffins, registering 38 points (13-25-38) in 69 games. Prior to turning professional, he spent four seasons at the University of Michigan and notched 70 points (31-39-70) in 165 games from 2008-12. A two-year captain for the Wolverines, Glendening helped the team to a 2010 CCHA championship in 2010 and was named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward in 2012.