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The Detroit Red Wings signed restricted free agent forward Ville Leino to a two-year deal on Monday, leaving only RFA Jiri Hudler for GM Ken Holland to re-sign.
Free Agency Update
With the loss of Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, and Tomas Kopecky in the off-season, Holland looked to shore up his offense. He did just that by inking Leino to a two-year contract with a cap hit of $800,000 each year per ESPN. Leino adjusted to the North American style of play last season, playing primarily in Grand Rapids. He was recalled in late January, scoring his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Washington Capitals in a beautiful spin-o-rama move. The Wings were impressed with his play last year, both in Detroit and GR, so he now has a one-way contract meaning he’ll be make the contract’s amount whether he’s with the Wings or Griffins.
“We like Ville,” general manager Ken Holland said. “In the 10-12 games he played with us, he played very, very well. He got in there a bit in the playoffs. He’s got real good hockey sense, he hangs onto the puck in the offensive zone, has good instincts.”
“He’s shown NHL ability,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We like his hockey sense and ability to protect the puck. Ville has also shown the ability to score goals.” …
“He showed he can play at this level,” Holland said.
With at least three Griffins promoted to the Wings this off-season, the Wings signed three players to re-stock the Griffins’ lineup. Two forwards, Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams, signed one-year, two-way contracts. Defenseman Travis Ehrhardt, who is attending the Wings’ development camp this week, signed a three-year entry level deal.
Wings’ Development Camp
The Wings kicked off the on-ice portion of their annual development camp Tuesday morning. There were 32 participants, including 14 players invivted by the Wings but not in Detroit’s pipeline. George Malik of Snapshots has a great recap of what the players had to do on their first day. Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News spoke with Holland about the importance and value of this camp for both management and the prospects.
Detroit’s top pick in the 2009 draft, Landon Ferraro, had plenty of reporters eager to talk to him so he spent the most time of the bunch speaking with the media. DRW.com has a feature article on Ferraro as well as a piece on Detroit’s second overall pick, Tomas Tatar. Wings TV also has accompanying video of the two prospects. George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press discusses how the son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro has his own style. Both The Detroit News and Windsor Star write about the type of advice and wisdom Ferraro has received from his family and friends in the hockey world.
DRW.com will have the latest coverage of development camp throughout the week.