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Robby Fabbri Hopes To Stay With The Wings

from Dana Gauruder at the Detroit Free Press,

Just how much Fabbri fits into the Wings’ plans remains to be seen. He’ll be a restricted free agent this offseason. Fabbri was originally signed to a three-year, entry-level contract. He has played on one year contracts over the past two years. He inked a one-year, $900K deal in restricted free agency last summer.

Fabbri is hoping for more stability with his next contract.

“I am definitely hoping and excited to get off the back-to-back one-year contracts but that part of the game is for my agent to talk to Yzerman about,” he said. “I’ll leave that up to them and just control what I can control. At this point, I’m staying ready in case we go back and if not, staying ready to start my summer training for next season.”...

“My body feels great,” he said. “It’s been pretty much 2½ years with the surgeries and everything is starting to get back to normal, going through the season with the travel and the games and everything like that. My body stayed in one piece, which was nice.”

In terms of his career, he’d like to stay in one place for awhile with the team that gave him a second chance.

“I’ve stated multiple times I want to be in Detroit for as long as possible,” he said. “I don’t control that but I loved it there from the minute I came. Everything was great for myself, for my girlfriend and the dogs. They loved it there. I’m looking to stay there as long as I can.”


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d ca's avatar

Great. 3 year bridge-type deal. Buy into his UFA time, but guard against long-term deal because of his ACL and other injury issues in the past (also NHL finances should be reset in 3 years so the player should have an incentive for this length of time anyways). Give him a NTC for the first 2.5 years of the deal then a LNTC two weeks before the trade deadline (so he still has some control over where he would go) to reduce the amount of the contract.

Posted by d ca on 05/23/20 at 04:31 PM ET


Give him a NTC for the first 2.5 years of the deal then a LNTC two weeks before the trade deadline (so he still has some control over where he would go) to reduce the amount of the contract.

If he wants multiple years, sure. But NTCs? Why? Giving him more than a one-year deal is already a favour for him, why would you give him more favours? You don’t earn a NTC for having one complete season under your belt and multiple injury-shortened seasons.

The idea is to try and move away from the Holland-type deals.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/24/20 at 08:47 PM ET


He still wants to be Red Wing, after this season? Sign him. Between what’s in the system and what’s not in the UFA market, he’s a solid fit.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch from The Land of Potential Bottom Six Skill on 05/24/20 at 10:05 PM ET


I would think a 3 year deal with perhaps some incentives would be a good deal for both sides. Salary may actually be the trickier part of the equation with no idea where the cap may be next season or beyond.

Posted by evileye on 05/26/20 at 11:37 AM ET

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