July 26, 2006

Wings Shoring Up Defense

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Red Wings Sign D Markov to One-year Deal
Defenseman Danny Markov signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit on Wednesday, and the Red Wings might start the season with Chris Osgood as their No. 1 goaltender.

Markov had 11 assists in 58 games for the Nashville Predators last season, and the Moscow native was a key player for Russia at the Turin Olympics. He missed 17 games with various injuries.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Markov also has played for Toronto, Phoenix, Carolina and Philadelphia, contributing 131 points in 472 NHL games. His best season was with the Coyotes in 2001-02, when he had career highs in goals (six) and points (36). Markov, who turns 30 Sunday, was one of the top free-agent defenseman available.

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