Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Have the Red Wings signed Drew Miller to a 3-year contract extension? Yes indeedy

Updated 13x at 6:15 PM: This hasn't been confirmed yet, but, per Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough, Josh Rimer's reporting that the Red Wings have signed Drew Miller to a 3-year contract extension:

That would be a fair deal given Miller's versatility as a penalty-killer, occasional top-six forward and someone who posts 15-20 points a season despite playing only 8-12 minutes per game at times, though he can play much more as necessary.

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan's confirming:

Update #2:

Update #3: the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness also confirms:

Drew Miller got his wish.

According to a source, the Wings have inked their penalty-kill specialist to a three-year deal worth $4.05 million to stay in Detroit.

“I would like to stay,” Miller said after the season. “I’ve got to talk to Babs and to Kenny Holland, figure out what their approach is to coming back. I don’t have much more to say other than I’d like to come back. But being in a position to have options is something that could possibly be looked at but my first choice would be to stay and come back.”

The deal with worth $1.35 million a season.

Miller, 29, got a nice little raise from the $850,000 her made last season.

“I’m a huge fan of Millsie,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Millsie’s an important part of this team. When he was out, we missed him.”

Update #4: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms in text form, too:

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Drew Miller to a three-year contract extension worth $1.35 million per season, a source told M-Live.com.

Miller, 29, is a fourth-line energy player with strong defensive instincts and penalty-killing ability. Despite his slight build (6-foot-2, 178), he gets involved in high-traffic areas, down low and in front of the net. And he has some offensive ability, having scored 38 goals since the Red Wings claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on Nov. 11, 2009.

Miller had four goals, four assists and a minus-8 rating in 44 games this season. He suffered a broken right hand when hit by a shot April 20 in Vancouver. He missed the final four regular season games and first eight playoff games before returning in Game 2 of the second round against Chicago.

Miller's 2012-13 salary was $850,000.

Update #5: The Free Press's Helene St. James also confirms:

I DO NOT expect Miller's re-signing to affect the team's desire to re-sign Damien Brunner or pursue an unrestricted free agent of the Bickell/Stalberg variety.

I DON'T KNOW whether Miller's re-signing means that Daniel Cleary's done as a Wing, but I would imagine that Cleary has to take a pay cut to remain;

And I DO know that Miller's re-signing will not bump Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson or Tomas Tatar from the lineup, but it may mean that Mikael Samuelsson will be bought out, and it does place Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton's futures with the team in danger.

Update #6: Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit News's sports staff's deemed this to be a "report":

Drew Miller and the Red Wings reportedly have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, avoiding free agency for the veteran forward.

Miller, 29, earned $837,500 in 2012-13, when he had four goals and four assists in 44 games.

The former Michigan State player and East Lansing native is a valuable penalty killer and fourth-line grinder.

Update #7: Here's the Free Press's St. James' report in text format:

Drew Miller's versatility made him too good to let go, even as the Detroit Red Wings have an overflow up front.

Miller agreed to a three-year deal worth $4.05 million today, three weeks before he could have hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.

Miller, 29, had four goals among eight points in 44 games this past season, lost late to a broken thumb. He returned to make six appearances in the playoffs, in which he had a goal and one assist.

Miller mostly is a bottom-six forward, playing left wing on the third or fourth line, but his quick feet have led to more than a few shifts on a top line when needed. He's also crucial to the penalty kill.

The Wings first acquired Miller, a former Spartan, off waivers from Tampa Bay in November 2009. This is the third time he has been re-signed.

Update #8: Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ is mostly confirming...

According to reports, the Detroit Red Wings have signed Drew Miller to a new three-year extension on Friday. The new deal is worth $1.35 million per season.

Miller, 29, earned $850,000 last season in which he scored four goals and four assists in 44 games before suffering a broken thumb late in the season. The former Michigan State player and East Lansing native serves a valuable role on the penalty kill.

The Wings acquired Miller back in 2009 off waivers from Tampa Bay and have kept him in a Red Wings sweater ever since.

And here's a little more from St. James:

Miller puts the Wings at 12 forwards under contract for the coming season, a number that will grow by two when restricted free agent forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson are signed. Miller was one of four forwards headed toward UFA status, and the Wings very much want to sign two of the three left: Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner. Valtteri Filppula is expected to sign elsewhere for more money.

It's not uncommon for teams to have excess players on rosters during the off-season — and even coming into training camp. As it stands right now, the Wings don't know whether Darren Helm will be back — a back injury dating to January has confounded treatment. Mikael Samuelsson is still dealing with a pectoral injury, one of many he had last season. And then there's Cory Emmerton, who is under contract but who is a bubble player because of the push of incoming players like Andersson, Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

Update #9: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's confirming and adds quotes from Miller's agent, former Wings defenseman Jason Woolley:

The Red Wings signed forward Drew Miller, a potential unrestricted free agent, to a three-year contract according to Miller’s agent, Jason Woolley.

The deal is worth $4.05 million.

...

Woolley, a longtime former NHL player and former Red Wing, said Miller and the Red Wings are a good fit.

“From day one Drew and I always talked about building the Drew Miller brand,” Woolley said. “Build consistency within your game and be in an environment where you can play your best and be the most efficient. That’s the key to a long career, which I was able to have also. Don’t be greedy.

“Babs (coach Mike Babcock) is a big fan of Drew’s and knows how to play him and Kenny (general manager Ken Holland) is a big fan of his. Drew is close to home and loves the organization, and how can you not? We didn’t see any reason to change his path.”

Update #10:

Update #11: St. James offers quotes from Miller, too:

"It feels great," Miller told the Free Press. "I'm excited, my wife is excited, my family is excited. This is where I wanted to be. It's a great organization, great coaching staff, great bunch of guys. We have a lot of talent in the locker room, and I believe we'll be a very good team next year.”

The $4.05-million deal has an annual salary cap hit of $1.35 million.

...

"I know we have a lot of people on the roster, but at the same time, they wouldn't have been talking to me unless they wanted me to play a role on the team," Miller said. "The three-year deal shows me that they want me. I know nothing is guaranteed in pro sports, but in my time here, I've learned you earn your spot. I know my role and my spot. I want to work hard and get better and help the team more."

Update #12: Here's the AP's Larry Lage's Miller story with quotes:

Drew Miller really didn't want to leave the Detroit Red Wings to find out what he was worth on the market. Fortunately for him, the Red Wings wanted the defensive-minded, penalty-killing forward back. Miller confirmed Friday he has agreed to a three-year, $4.05 million contract to stay in Detroit.

"I'm really happy the deal got done,'' he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I wanted to stay because I feel like I've become one of the key parts of the team.''

Detroit claimed Miller off waivers on Nov. 11, 2009, after he played 14 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He signed one- and two-year deals in 2010 and 2011 to remain with the Red Wings, and was thrilled they wanted him back with a longer-term contract.

"It's great to have that security,'' he said. "It won't change how hard I work, but it's just nice to know you're wanted for the next three years.''

Update #13: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke to Miller about signing his new contract...

“My first choice was to stay in Detroit and not test out the market,” Miller said. “I’m really thrilled I was able to start talking right away and get something done. It’s ideal to get a longer contract. It shows they have faith in me. I’m excited about it.”

A stellar penalty killer for the Wings this season, the 29-year-old left-winger produced 4-4-8 totals in 44 games, but it was his work when the other team had possession of the puck that made Miller such a valuable performer

“They picked me off waivers (from Tampa Bay in 2009) and gave me a role as a defensive player and a penalty killer who can move around to different lines,” Miller said of Detroit. “They put confidence in me from the start. I’m confident in my game, that I can play a role that is useful to the team on a nightly basis.”

...

“It’s first class, they treat us well,” Miller said of playing for the Wings. “The biggest thing is the opportunity to win every year.

“The biggest factor was the team, staying with the Red Wings, a good organization. The (22-season) playoff streak is great. When you’re on the Red Wings, you know you’re going to be competing for the Stanley Cup every year. We have a good group of guys. Everyone in that locker room wants to win. Everybody plays for each other.”

As did the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

"The three years gives you a little bit of stability,” said Miller, who’ll make $1.35 million a season. “They won’t give you a three-year deal if they didn’t want you for that long. It feels good to get the three years, but at the same time this is pro sports you have to work hard to earn your spot every day. I’ll take the same approach I always have, the three years shows that they want you, but at the same time you need to work hard to keep it and earn something.”

...

“I would have gone to free agency had I had to, but I wanted to talk to Detroit first and try and get something done with them,” Miller continued. “They were my first choice. This is where I wanted to stay.”

....

“I think the last time I was in a way different spot,” Miller said. “This year with the lockout, it wasn’t a whole year, but having that much more experience has been great for me and it shows that the Red Wings have confidence in me. I’ve grown over the last two years.”

...

“The team is really coming into its own right now especially with the way things finished with year,” Miller said. “Losing to Chicago was heartbreaking, but at the same time it showed everyone around the league and especially in our locker room that we have the ability to be a good team.”

Miller was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 11, 2009.

“I think I found a role that I can play here and they count on me to do that night in, night out,” Miller said. “I’m taking some time off now and will start working out soon. I’m doing all that relaxing kind of stuff that Michigan summers allow you to do.”

And MLive's Ansar Khan:

“It’s a place I didn’t want to leave,'' Miller said. “My first choice was to stay with the Red Wings and not go to free agency. I'm really thrilled I was able to start talking right away and get something done. It shows they have faith in me. I'm excited about it.''

Miller's new deal has a salary-cap hit of $1.35 million.

“They won’t give you a three-year deal if they didn’t want you for that long,'' Miller said. “It feels good to get the three years, but at the same time this is pro sports, you have to work hard to earn your spot every day. I’ll take the same approach I always have.''

Ahem:

The club has 20 players signed for 2013-14 for approximately $54.7 million (the salary cap is $64.3 million). That includes players who either are on a one-way contract or, in the case of Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, have a two-way deal but are expected to make the roster.

Four more spots will be taken by restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith.

That would put the Red Wings one over the 23-man limit, and they are still hoping to sign unrestricted free-agent forwards Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner. Plus, they would like to add a player through free agency, which begins on July 5.

It does not appear as if forward Valtteri Filppula will be re-signed. His contract demands were too high and he struggled this season.

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Comments

SYF's avatar

I completely dig that.

One down, several to go.  I’m sure more time is set aside trying to secure Nike, Broooner, and Mr. Andersson for good.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/14/13 at 11:22 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Great re-upping.

Wings need Miller.  Badly.  It’s a good number, and encouraging that Holland is getting him taken care of first, because it not only shows Miller he’s valuable and was never really a possibility to be odd-man out, but also then sets the table for the rest of the forwards to sort out then.

Miller was born to be a Wing (despite him growing up a dirty Av fan) and I doubt he would be as effective in any other system (though I bet CHI’d like him a lot).

Posted by Primis on 06/14/13 at 11:23 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Good signing. Now I hope we don’t have to read something silly like Holland resigning Cleary or something. Work on Brunner and buy out Sammy and Bert. Let Cleary and Flip walk.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/14/13 at 11:40 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

As stated above, the signing WILL NOT affect Tatar, Nyquist or Andersson’s status as full-time NHL forwards next season…

It MAY mean that Daniel Cleary’s gone…

It MAY mean that Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves are redundant, and it MAY mean that Mikael Samuelsson will be bought out;

It DEFINITELY won’t affect the team’s desire to re-sign Brunner or pursue an unrestricted free agent forward. I’d love to see the team get Bickell, Horton’s OK, too, but I think the team may end up with Stalberg as Bickell may get $3.5 million or more this summer.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/14/13 at 12:01 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/14/13 at 01:01 PM ET

Clarkson!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/14/13 at 12:30 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I like this signing. Good depth, Great for the PK. At this point, I don’t really care if Cleary is back. I don’t hate the guy or anything, but IMO he’s replaceable. Sammy is #1 candidate for a buyout. Buh bye. If it comes down to Emmerton or Eaves, I take Eaves. Definitely get Brunner signed. Bickell, meh. Horton, yeah (shoulder issue not withstanding). Stalberg, I’d pass. Now, Ryder? Absolutely. Clarkson? Too expensive? Maybe to small of a sample size? Not sure about him. Just my $0.02.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/14/13 at 12:36 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

“What did he do to deserve a 50% raise?”

-Dude who doesn’t get things

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 06/14/13 at 12:37 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Miller could have gotten $2 million-plus on the open market. He’s that versatile. Keep that in mind!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/14/13 at 12:40 PM ET

Avatar

it may mean that Mikael Samuelsson will be bought out, and it does place Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton’s futures with the team in danger.

Holy bleep, you love putting in a ‘Wings may buy out Sammy’ comment in your posts, eh? wink  There’s as good a chance the team buys out Quincey as there is that they’d buy out Sammy.

With Miller back Detroit has 12 forwards.  With Nyqvist, Andersson, Brunner and Cleary they’d have 16.  For sure Nyqvist and Andersson will come back.

Before the team would buy out Sammy they’d waive Eaves, or Emmerton, or buy out Tootoo.  Buying out Sammy only clears one year of contract and 3 mil in total cap space.  Buying out Tootoo clears 3 years of contract and 5.7 mil of cap space.

It is madness to keep suggesting the Wings waive a legit goal scorer at forward when their biggest flaw is… goal scoring.

Especially when Eaves was useless, Emmerton was useless, and waiving either or both wouldn’t impact anything the team wants to do.  The biggest concern with Sammy is health, and if he’s hurt the team doesn’t get hit by his cap number anyway.  There’s no upside at all to waiving the guy, especially given the other options available.

Honestly, the biggest thing that’s going to impact Eaves or Emmerton (or Tootoo) is Helm’s health.  If he’s ready to play to start the season Emmerton or Eaves will be gone, and Andersson will center the 4th line.  I feel fairly confident the team will try to bring back Cleary at a reduced rate.

What we’re going to have heading into next year is a whole bunch of guys fighting for not a lot of spots, and fans yowling about how much Babcock hates kids, vets or whomever they feel didn’t get what the fan thought they ought to in terms of role or linemates.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/14/13 at 12:42 PM ET

Avatar

Miller could have gotten $2 million-plus on the open market. He’s that versatile. Keep that in mind!

Oh, come on.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/14/13 at 12:43 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I really do believe that about Miller’s asking price.

And yes, Helm and Bertuzzi’s health obviously give the Wings significant concern regarding their roster going forward. I, too, think that Eaves and Emmerton are all but gone sooner or later.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/14/13 at 12:46 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Good signing and I doubt Quincey is going anywhere!

Even better for me is the Ignore Member selection box!!!  LOL

Go Griffins!!!!!

Posted by OnlyWings on 06/14/13 at 12:54 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Oh, come on.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/14/13 at 01:43 PM ET

On what, exactly?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/14/13 at 12:57 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Buying out Tootoo clears 3 years of contract and 5.7 mil of cap space.

What an odd way to state that.  By that logic, the cap is almost 200M

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 06/14/13 at 01:34 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I like this.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/14/13 at 01:40 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Miller is a smart boy.  I like keeping him, but it must be complimented by letting some others go.  I think Cleary, Bert, and Sammy should probably be gone, but that will necessitate acquiring at least one more sizable scoring forward.  After that, It’s all about Helm I think.  Pav, Hank, Helm, and Andersson down the middle is a good place to start.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/14/13 at 01:40 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Oh, come on.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/14/13 at 01:43 PM ET

I don’t see how an extra $650,000 on the open market is such a stretch.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/14/13 at 01:41 PM ET

Avatar

Thumbs up on this signing, I’d hate to have to deal with him killing penalties for say, Buffalo for the next three years.

Great insurance in case Helm isn’t ready to go too.

Now sign Brunner and trade Flip’s rights for a 7th rounder and call it a summer Kenny.

Posted by maltby18 on 06/14/13 at 01:44 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

His agent told him not to be greedy? That’s a new one.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/14/13 at 01:58 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Now sign Brunner and trade Flip’s rights for a 7th rounder, sign Clarkson and call it a summer Kenny.

Posted by maltby18 on 06/14/13 at 02:44 PM ET

FTFY cool hmm

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/14/13 at 02:31 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Love the signing.  Emmerton’s fate lies with Helm.  Eaves is good for the team, good mentality, hard worker, right handed shot, good shot.  Tootoo brings a lot to the table as well but his lack of use in the playoffs tell me they might consider buying him out (which I think is a TERRIBLE idea).  Flip walks.  Cleary, as much as the guys talk about how much a character guy in the lockerroom he is, I think will stay.  I’d like to keep Brunner, but he’s got some serious defensive shortcomings and he’s a non-factor physically but not quick enough in short bursts to negate it like Gus does (and Gus is physical, one of the most in the playoffs actually as far as work)  but he’s got great top speed and good on the rush and can snipe. 

Tough tough decisions for KH.  Don’t fuch it up.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/14/13 at 02:49 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Update #9

I’d totally go listen to the Drew Miller Band.

A-bro-cadabra was one of my favorites.

Posted by The Meal on 06/14/13 at 03:05 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Great guy. Great signing. Looks like Tick Tock decided to get the summer off on a positive note. Now just don’t screw up the rest of it, Kenny. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/14/13 at 03:05 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

“Signing Miller is just like signing a free agent.”
That is a direct quote from Ken Hollland wink

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/14/13 at 03:18 PM ET

Avatar

Cleary, as much as the guys talk about how much a character guy in the lockerroom he is, I think will stay.

Great, make him an assistant coach or trainer then…

Posted by Garth on 06/14/13 at 04:46 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.