The Detroit Free Press reports that Abdelkader would like to get his contract signed by Saturday's expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players association.
"We're hoping to get something done before the 15th," he said.
If the lockout happens -- and many signs point to it taking effect on Sunday -- Abdelkader said he could opt to play in Europe if the lockout lasts a while. But he isn't sure about that option.
Abdelkader, 25, had eight goals and 14 assists in 81 games for the Red Wings in 2011-2012. He's heading into his third full season with Detroit, his home state team.
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