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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Stuart signs four-year deal

TSN reports that Brad Stuart signed a four-year contract that averages $3.75 million per season. Stuart, 28, joined the Red Wings from Los Angeles at the trade deadline last season and was on the second defense pairing throughout the run to the Stanley Cup. Stuart also kills penalties and has value as a left-hander who prefers to play the right point. The only right-handed blue-liner in the lineup in the Stanley Cup final was Brian Rafalski.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think they will try to sign Zetterberg to an extension this year?

July 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

They will try VERY hard to sign Zetterberg to an extension before next summer. VERY hard.

July 1, 2008 at 12:42 PM 

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