Stuart signs four-year deal
The Red Wings' top four defensemen -- Stuart, Nicklas Lidstrom, Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall -- are signed for the next two seasons with Stuart, Rafalski and Kronwall inked for the next four years. The Red Wings also have Andreas Lilja, Brett Lebda and Derek Meech signed for the next two years. Chris Chelios is expected to sign for one year with the Red Wings this summer.
In the wings are prospects Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson. General manager Ken Holland said that the Wings will carry eight defensemen next season, meaning Quincey and Ericsson are likely bound for Grand Rapids unless injuries in Detroit sparks a call-up.
Up front, the Red Wings have 11 forwards under contract and Valtteri Filppula, a restricted free agent, expected to sign this summer. That means the team might add a free-agent forward this week or rely on Aaron Downey and Darren McCarty to fill out the roster.