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Detroit signed defenseman Jakub Kindl to a three-year extension, starting next year when his current contract expires. Kindl was drafted by the Wings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft with the 19th overall pick. He tallied three goals and 14 assists as well as a minus-34 rating in his rookie year. During his sophomore campaign, Kindl recorded six goals and 27 assists with a minus-14 in 78 games. His deal is a one-way contract per MLive.com so he’ll make the same amount whether he’s playing in Detroit or Grand Rapids.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
Kindl will make $750,000 in 2010-11, $850,000 in ’11-12 and $1,050,000 in ’12-13.
“He’s a good young prospect,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “We’re making a commitment to him and look forward to his continued development.” …
“He had a good year last year,” Nill said. “He played in the American Hockey League All-Star Game. … He’s still a very young player, and we’re all looking for good, young defensemen. He has the potential to be a power-play defenseman down the road. He skates well and handles the puck well.
“He’ll play more exhibition games. Now he’s part of the depth system. When we start to get injuries (in Detroit), he’ll be a guy we count on.”
Michael of The Production Line says this is a “wise signing” because it provides Detroit with more guaranteed depth on the blueline.
In Other News
- Wings also re-signed Evan McGrath and Ryan Oulahen to new deals this week.
- Jimmy Devellano told The Fan 590 that he believes the salary cap has finally caught up to the Red Wings.
- The Detroit Free Press published an in-depth article alleging that Sergei Fedorov’s adviser, Joseph Zada, swindled him out of $43 million. The Detroit News released a follow-up article today about Zada.
- Ansar Khan of MLive.com writes that Jiri Hudler is still expected to play in Russia next season and that the Wings will go to arbitration on July 30 because Hudler doesn’t want to agree on a deal before then. While Hudler is not expected to attend the hearing, his agent and GM Ken Holland will be there along with team capologist Ryan Martin and some Toronto-area lawyers. Assistant GM Jim Nill and vice president Steve Yzerman may also attend.
- GM Ken Holland likes seeing Steve Yzerman as executive director of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics, believing it adds to Yzerman’s resume.
- NHL.com writes that Chris Osgood is under the most pressure to perform among the Red Wings this upcoming season. They also list Pavel Datsyuk as the No. 2 current NHL Russian player (behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin but in front of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin).
- Triple Deke continues with his unique line combinations. Yesterday, he posted the All-“I almost forgot they played for the Red Wings” Red Wings team.
- The referees have been named for the Premiere games in Sweden to kick off Detroit’s regular season.
- Former Wing Marian Hossa will have rotator cuff surgery today. He’s been dealing with shoulder problems since before joining the Red Wings last summer. He tried three weeks of non-operative rehab after signing with Chicago, but to no avail.