The Red Wings re-signed goaltender Petr Mrazek to a two-year deal worth $8 million ($4.0M AAV).
The Red Wings and Mrazek were reportedly pretty far apart during their contract negotiations, but were able to come to terms on a two-year bridge deal. Mrazek became the Red Wings’ No. 1 goaltending option in 2015-16, starting 49 games (appearing in 54), posting a 27-16-6 record, 2.33 GAA, .921 SV% and four shutouts. He will have the same role in 2016-17, where he will likely start near 50 games again and should be a low-end No.1, high-end No. 2 fantasy option.
The Red Wings signed Danny DeKeyser to a six-year contract worth $30 million ($5M AAV).
DeKeyser, 26, is coming off of his third full NHL season and set a career-high in goals (8), but a career-low in points (20). DeKeyser is arguably the Red Wings’ top defenseman and they have locked him up through the 2021-22 season. Look for DeKeyser to play huge minutes for Detroit in 2016-17 and he has shown the potential to be and effective goal-scorer with 30-plus point potential.
The Red Wings re-signed Mitch Callahan to a one-year contact.
Callahan, 24, spent the entire 2015-16 season with Grand Rapids (AHL), where he had 19 goals and 13 assists (32 points) in 62 games. He plays a pest-style game, perfect for a bottom-6 role in Detroit, but there are far too many veteran forwards in his path for Callahan to be a Red Wing in 2016-17.
The Red Wings signed Luke Glendening to a four-year extension worth $7.2 million ($1.8M AAV).
Glendening, 27, is coming off of the best offensive year of his brief career, having picked up 21 points (8G / 13A) in 81 games. He has only missed one game over the last two years and led Red Wings forwards in face-off percentage and shorthanded time on ice last season. It appears Glendening will be the Red Wings’ fourth line centre for the next five seasons.
The Red Wings signed Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year deal worth $812K on July 13th.
Pulkkinen, 24, shredded the AHL with 61 points (34G / 27A) in 46 games with Grand Rapids (AHL) in 2014-15 but has yet to land a full-time spot with the Red Wings since. Once he was called up, he has picked up 11 goals and nine assists (20 points) in a combined 67 games and will once again have to fight for playing time after the Red Wings added a number of veteran forwards this offseason.
The Red Wings signed Jared Coreau to a two-year contract worth $1.225 million ($612K AAV).
Coreau, 24, was 29-15-2 with a 2.43 GAA and .922 SV% in 47 games as the No. 1 option in Grand Rapids (AHL). Coreau is a monster netminder, standing in at 6-foot-6 and 220 lbs. He fits the mould of the modern era NHL netminder, but as long as Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard are ahead of him on the depth chart, he will likely only see AHL duty.
The Red Wings have signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million.
Vanek, 32, is a former two-time 40-goal scorer, but has slowed down in recent years. After a 52-point (21G / 31A) year in his debut season with the Wild, Vanek posted just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 74 games last season, leading to a buyout this summer. Detroit adds Vanek on a one-year deal in hope he can rediscover his scoring touch—a low-risk/high reward signing for Detroit.
The Red Wings have signed Steve Ott to a one-year deal worth $800K.
Ott, 33, isn’t known for his offensive contributions, but is a solid fourth-line forward. Ott can play all three forward positions, kill penalties and win face-offs, bringing some versatility to the Red Wings bottom-6. Ott, who played his junior career in Windsor (OHL) will enjoy a bit of a homecoming of sorts.
The Red Wings have signed Alexey Marchenko to a two-year contract extension.
Marchenko appeared in his first full NHL season in 2015-16, playing 66 games with the Red Wings and only four with Grand Rapids (AHL). He collected 11 points (2G / 9A) along the way, to give him a total of three goals and 10 assists (13 points) in 80 career NHL games. He is expected to be a part of the Red Wings’ blueline again in 2016-17.
The Red Wings have signed Matt Lorito to a two-year, two-way deal.
Lorito, 25, was an undrafted forward who played his first full pro season with Albany (AHL) last season. The 5-foot-9, 170 lbs. winger produced at a high rate, collecting 18 goals and 36 assists (54 points) in 71 games. He will likely start the 2016-17 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Red Wings have signed Frans Nielsen to a six-year deal worth $31.5 million ($5.25M AAV).
Nielsen has flown under the radar for much of his NHL career, but has finally been rewarded with a huge deal in Detroit. He has averaged 20 goals and 39 assists per 82 games in his last three years with the Islanders and will fill the hole left by Pavel Datsyuk’s departure for the Red Wings. He is a solid two-way centre, who creates offence for his line mates while also helping out Detroit’s special teams on both the power play and penalty kill.
The Red Wings re-signed Darren Helm to a five-year deal worth $19.25 million ($3.85M AAV).
It was believed that Helm’s time with the Red Wings had come to an end and he was going to hit free agency, but Detroit came in with a five-year deal in the final hour to lock the 29-year-old up through the 2020-21 season. Helm is coming off of a sub-par year, having posted just 13 goals and 13 assists (26 points) in 77 games.
The Red Wings signed Drew Miller to a one-year deal worth $1.025 million.
Miller appeared in just 28 games in the 2015-16 season because of a knee injury. Miller underwent ACL and meniscus reconstruction surgery in January, but is expected to be ready for the 2016-17 season.
The Wild have bought out the final year of Thomas Vanek’s contract.
Vanek becomes an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign wit any team other than Minnesota. Vanek was heading into the final year of a three-year, $19.5 million dollar deal. He struggled this past season, tallying just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 74 games. Through two season with the Wild he had 39 goals and 54 assists (93 points) in 154 games.