Red Wings lock up Lebda for four
"Brett was impressive in the time he spent with us last season," said Holland. "He possesses the skills I think will help contribute to the success of this organization in the long-term."
Lebda, 24 (1/15/82), split time between the Red Wings and its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2005-06 season. The 24-year-old Illinois native played 46 games with Detroit last season and tallied 12 points (3-9-12) with a plus-nine rating.
He made an immediate impact with the Red Wings when he scored a goal in his first National Hockey League (NHL) game on opening night (10/5/05) against the St. Louis Blues. Lebda was steady on the blueline during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He played in all six of Detroit's playoff games and averaged 13:08 per game along with a plus-three rating.
The Red Wings originally signed Lebda as a free agent on July 21, 2004, after he played four years for the University of Notre Dame in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).