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Glendening agrees to three-year extension with Detroit

Apr 5, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 25: Luke Glendening #41 of the Detroit Red Wings skates after the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 25, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings have dealt with more than their fair share of injuries this season and its forced them to lean heavily on some of their younger players earlier than they might have planned. Rookie Luke Glendening is one example of that as the 24-year-old center has played in 51 games with Detroit in his rookie campaign.

He’s held his own though and now he’s been rewarded as Detroit announced this morning that they have signed him to a three-year extension.

Glendening is a bottom-six forward and doesn’t do much offensively. However, he does have 78 hits and 32 blocked shots this season and can hold his own on the draw. He was never drafted, but he developed with the University of Michigan and spent the last two seasons in the Detroit Red Wings’ minor-league system.

This contract is a chance for the Grand Rapids, Michigan native to stick with his hometown team.

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