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Confirming the Red Wings’ deals with Miller and Kindl

Updated 3x with Filppula news from Custance at 12:18 PM: Last night, TSN's Darren Dreger, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness all reported that the Red Wings had signed Jakub Kindl to a 4-year contract extension, and after an early early morning's worth of updates regarding the Wings' other moves-in-the-making, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirmed the Kindl signing, as well as the Drew Miller deal from two weeks ago:

The Red Wings tied up a few loose ends before heading to the NHL draft in New Jersey this weekend, signing veteran forward Drew Miller and defenseman Jakub Kindl to long-term deals.

The club announced Saturday that they have signed Miller to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 season, and Kindl to a four-year deal, which will expire following the 2016-17 campaign.

Regarding Kindl...

Kindl avoids becoming a restricted free agent on July 5. His signing means the Red Wings have seven NHL defensemen currently under contract, leaving Brendan Smith as the only unsigned blueliner. He is eligible to be a RFA next Friday, as are forwards Gustav Nyqust and Joakim Andersson. The Red Wings also have to decide what they will do with center Valtteri Filppula, and wingers Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner, all will become UFAs on Friday.

Like Miller, Kindl said he too had no interest in playing anywhere other than Detroit.

“Absolutely, absolutely,” said Kindl when asked last month if he hoped to return to the Wings next season.


The improvement shown by Kindl in the last half of the year kept veteran defenseman Ian White out of the lineup from early April through the end of the Wings’ playoff run. White, who will be a UFA, has been told by the Red Wings that he won’t be brought back.

“I’ve said it many times, it’s all about confidence,” Kindl said during the season. “It’s different when you play 10-minutes or 20-minutes, you know? That’s how I look at it. … Every time I play I just try to do the right things. Play simple, play good defensively and I believe if I do all of that stuff, play hard, that good things will happen. That’s how I look at it.”

Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner confirms the Kindl deal, too...

Defenseman Jakub Kindl and the Red Wings have agreed to a four-year, $9.6 million deal, according to a team source.

Heading into last season, many in the Red Wings organization thought Kindl, a first-round pick in 2005, was a disappointment; however, he was forced into action because of injuries and became a pleasant surprise.

In 41 games, Kindl, 26, had four goals and nine assists and was an impressive plus-15.

Kindl, 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, was a restricted free agent. But based on his season and how positive the Red Wings are regarding their young corps of defenseman, getting Kindl signed was on their checklist for this offseason.

As does the Free Press's Helene St. James--from Ken Holland himself...

"He's 26 years of age," Red Wings general manager and Ken Holland told the Free Press. "We felt he established himself as a regular NHL defenseman. (Kindl) can play on second power play. He's physically stronger, he competes harder.

"He's become an every day player for us, the last 35 games of this season. It's hard to find defensemen. We drafted him. It's probably taken a little bit longer than he would have liked and we would have liked for him to get to this point, but this year there was an opportunity, and he's come into his own. We look for him to keep growing."

Before St. James adds some other contractual updates:

Kindl was one of four restricted free agents on the team. Defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson will all be signed at some point, but this weekend will be taken up by the NHL draft, and then next week leads into unrestricted free agency.

Holland has had talks with UFA forwards Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary, but if the Wings sign both of them, they'll be limited in what they can do on the market. Valtteri Filppula is determined to hit the open market, which will make trading his rights difficult, unless it's for a conditional pick.

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples (via RedWingsFeed) is confirming the deals, too.


Update: The Red Wings posted press releases confirming the Miller and Kindl deals:


... Blue Liner Inks Deal to Remain in Hockeytown Through 2016-17 …

Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jakub Kindl on a four-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Kindl, 26, was selected by Detroit in the first round (19th overall) of the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native began his professional career with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and appeared in 237 career AHL games for the Griffins over five seasons from 2005-10, collecting 89 points (13G-76A-89P) and 225 PIM.  He was recalled to Detroit and made his NHL debut on December 3, 2009, in a 4-1 loss at Edmonton.  The 6-3, 199-lb. blue liner appeared in three games for the Red Wings in 2009-10 before solidifying a spot on Detroit’s roster prior to the 2010-11 season.  Kindl has skated in 147 career NHL regular season games, all with Detroit, and registered 30 points (7G-23A-30P) and 89 PIM.

Kindl had his best season for the Red Wings in 2012-13.  Despite the shortened schedule he posted a career-high four goals, second among Red Wings defensemen, and equaled a career-high with 13 points, tying him for second-best among Detroit rearguards.  Kindl also fired a career-best 76 shots on goal and finished second on the team with a +15 rating.  He averaged 18:33 of ice time over 41 regular season games played.  Kindl made his NHL postseason debut in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks.  He skated in all 14 playoff games for the Red Wings, registering five points (1G-4A-5P).

Jakub Kindl, Defense

Born Feb 10 1987  -- Sumperk, Czech Rep.

Height 6.03 -- Weight 199 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit in the first round (#19 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM


2005-06  Kitchener Rangers           OHL    60   12   46   58  112   5   1   0   1  10

2005-06  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL     3    0    1    1    2  --  --  --  --  --

2006-07  Kitchener Rangers           OHL    54   11   44   55  142   9   2   9  11   8

2006-07  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    --   --   --   --   --   7   0   2   2   0

2007-08  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    75    3   14   17   82  --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    78    6   27   33   76  10   2   1   3   2

2009-10  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    73    3   30   33   59  --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     3    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    48    2    2    4   36  --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL     8    1    4    5    6  --  --  --  --  --

2011-12  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    55    1   12   13   25  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    41    4    9   13   28  14   1   4   5  10


         NHL Totals                        147    7   23   30   89  14   1   4   5  10


... Versatile Left Wing has Appeared in 257 Games for Detroit the Last Four Seasons …

Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has re-signed forward Drew Miller to a three-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Miller, 29, was originally a sixth-round selection (186th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  He played parts of three seasons in Anaheim and was a member of the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup championship team before a trade sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 13, 2009.  Miller was released by the Lightning after playing just 14 games for the club and was immediately claimed off waivers by Detroit on November 11, 2009.  The 6’ 2”, 178-lb. forward has been in a Red Wings sweater since, appearing in 257 regular season games for Detroit over the last four seasons, registering 70 points (38G-32A-70P) and a +1 rating.  He has posted seven points (3G-4A-7P) and a +6 rating in 32 postseason contests with the Red Wings.

Miller skated in 44 games for Detroit in 2012-13, collecting eight points (4G-4A-8P) while earning valuable ice time as one of the team’s top penalty killers.  He missed the last four games of the regular season and the first eight games of the playoffs recovering from a broken hand suffered while blocking a shot on April 20 at Vancouver.  Upon his return, Miller appeared in six postseason games for the Red Wings collecting two points (1G-1A-2P) including the game-winning goal in Detroit’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals.  Miller’s career NHL totals include 85 points (44G-41A-85P) in 324 regular season games and 10 points (5G-5A-10P) in 48 postseason games.

Prior to his professional career, Miller played three seasons at Michigan State University from 2003-06.  Following his junior season he was named Michigan State’s Most Valuable Player and was selected as the CCHA’s best defensive forward.

Drew Miller, Forward

Born Feb 17 1984  -- Dover, NJ

Height 6.02 -- Weight 178 -- Shoots L

Selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM


2003-04  Michigan State University   CCHA   41    4    6   10   39

2004-05  Michigan State University   CCHA   40   17   16   33   20

2005-06  Michigan State University   CCHA   44   18   25   43   30

2005-06  Portland Pirates            AHL    --   --   --   --   --   1   0   0   0   0

2006-07  Portland Pirates            AHL    79   16   20   36   51  --  --  --  --  --

2006-07  Anaheim Ducks               NHL    --   --   --   --   --   3   0   0   0   2

2007-08  Portland Pirates            AHL    31   16   20   36   12  16   1   7   8  12

2007-08  Anaheim Ducks               NHL    26    2    3    5    6  --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Iowa Chops                  AHL    53   23   15   38   10  --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Anaheim Ducks               NHL    27    4    6   10   17  13   2   1   3   2

2009-10  Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL    14    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    66   10    9   19   10  12   1   1   2   4

2010-11  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    67   10    8   18   13   9   1   1   2   4

2011-12  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   14   11   25   20   5   0   1   1   2

2012-13  Braehead Clan               EIHL   23   15   15   30    7  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    44    4    4    8    2   6   1   1   2   2


         NHL Totals                        324   44   41   85   70  48   5   5  10  16


Update #2: Here's an FYI from ESPN's Craig Custance:

• The Red Wings got some housekeeping done Friday with extensions for Drew Miller and Jakub Kindl (per TSN), but remain apart on new deals for Valtteri Filppula and Damien Brunner. Lines of communication remain open with both camps, but this could be a pivotal weekend for Filppula's future in Detroit. "We've talked and intend on talking again," Filppula's agent Bill Zito said Friday afternoon.

If a new deal isn't struck, look for the Red Wings to pursue trading his negotiating rights. The connection has been made between Filppula and Columbus, where new GM Jarmo Kekalainen knows Filppula as well as any GM outside of Detroit and Dallas. Kekalainen was the GM in Finland with Jokerit, where Filppula played during the lockout. Columbus definitely has holes to fill up front, and versatile Filppula can play at center or on the wing in any top six. The Red Wings and Daniel Cleary remain in talks to get a contract done before free agency starts. Even with the youth movement coming in Detroit, a heart-and-soul guy such as Cleary remains a key player to have around.

Update #3: MLive's Brendan Savage confirms, too.

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RWBill's avatar

Although Detroit may not be desperate for another defenseman, the notion has been raised that they may keep Coliaicovo around as insurance against injuries, so forth.

Kaberle is a recent buy out by Montreal,  I know he’s 35 now but seems like a steadying presence for Detroit and still could be a top 4 guy who moves the puck out well.

Just a thought, as I still can’t wrap my head around all the names still on the Wings roster.

Posted by RWBill on 06/29/13 at 12:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Fils and the 18th for MTL’s 34th and 36th in the second round?  I dig that.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/29/13 at 01:06 PM ET

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