The Red Wings have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with restricted free agent Tomas Tatar.
Tatar, 23, recorded 19 goals and 20 assists (39 points) in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. The Red Wings did virtually nothing in free agency, which means that young players like Tatar will take on bigger roles in 2014-15. He played in the top-6 for a large portion of last season because the Wings were ravaged by injures. He will likely start the year on the third line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco, but with strong play could climb into the top-6 quickly. A 20-goal, 20 assist season should be Tatar's floor this year.
The Red Wings have signed Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.
Cleary, 35, had just eight points (4G / 4A) with a minus-11 rating in 52 games with the Red Wings last season. Cleary has scored 20-plus goals on three occasions, but has registered just 23 points in 100 games over the last two seasons. He holds no fantasy value at this point, but provides the Red Wings with depth and experience.
The Red Wings have re-signed Kyle Quincey to a two-year deal worth $8.5 million.
After the Red Wings lost out on many free-agent defensemen earlier in the day, the Red Wings elected to bring back Quincey to shore up their blueline. The Red Wings D was ravaged by injuries last season, but Quincey was able to suit up in all 82 games, posting 13 points (4G / 9A) and a minus-5 rating.
The Red Wings have signed center Riley Sheahan to a two-year contract extension worth $950,000 per season.
Sheahan, 22, is coming off a solid rookie season. Recalled from the Grand Rapids midway through the season due to the Red Wings' rash of injuries, Sheahan quickly established himself a dependable two-way player. He provided more offense than was expected, with nine goals and 15 assists, along with a plus-6 rating, in 42 games. Sheahan was one of the club's restricted free agents.
The Red Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on a one-year contract extension worth $1.85 million.
Gustavsson has spent the last two seasons as the Red Wings back-up while earning $1.5 million. He gets a raise heading into 2014-15 after turning in a 16-5-4 record with a 2.65 GAA and .907 SV%. Jimmy Howard is the Red Wings clear number-1, but The Monster was as steady a number-2 as there was last season. Should Howie struggle again next season, Gustavsson's fantasy value will once again be on the rise.
After Howard was a very late scratch on Thursday, the Monster gets another crack at the Bruins. Despite losing Game 4, it's tough to put any blame on goaltending and the Wings should have a good opportunity to win with Gustavsson in net.
Howard did not start the year well, but he sure finished it well and enters the playoffs playing his best hockey of the season. He won 21 games with a 2.66 GAA and .910 SV%, but comes into Friday having won four of his last five while holding opponents to just two goes in each game. He is not Tuukka Rask, but if he can be close, the Red Wings have a shot.
Zetterberg has told the team that he will join the first part of practice Tuesday, nearly eight weeks after undergoing back surgery.
Zetterberg will not play when the first-round series against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins begins Friday, nor will he be available for Game 2 on Easter Sunday. That much already has been determined, general manager Ken Holland said. Zetterberg, even provided that he has no setbacks, isn't likely to be available until the second round.