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Eaves re-signs with Red Wings for 3 years, $1.2 million per yr; Miller signed, Ericsson confirmed

Latest update at 2:48 PM: As Paul noted and as confirmed by Capgeek.com and confirmed by the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff and TSN’s Bob McKenzie...

As per @GMillerTSN, DET signs Patrick Eaves to a 3 year extension.

This deal is worth $1.2 million per season, and is very fair and affordable given what Eaves does for the Wings.

Update: The Red Wings are confirming both Eaves and Ericsson’s deals:

The Red Wings have agreed to terms with Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves. Both are three-year contracts.

Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan also confirms.

Update #3: Hmm, per the Fan 590’s Greg Brady:

Red Wings are eagerly trying to move Jiri Hudler & offered him to loads of teams (Leafs included) at the Draft. Be shocked if he’s back.

The Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms:

There’s substance to Hudler trade talk. Not a popular guy in #redwings dressing room. But they won’t give him away.

Update #4: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms the Eaves deal as well.

Update #5: The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan now confirms:

Two down for the Red Wings.

They’ve just re-signed Patrick Eaves to a 3-year contract worth $3.6 million.

That follows getting Jonathan Ericsson back into the fold last night.

Nothing new on Jaromir Jagr, other than the fact it appears a few more teams are suddenly now in the mix.

Miller news: per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:

Patrick Eaves’ new deal may be the piece that keeps Drew Miller from testing the open market.

His agent, Jason Woolley, has confirmed that he’s been in contact with the Wings trying to get a deal done.

“With Eaves signing we see what the range is,” Woolley said. “We’ve got a better feel for it.”

Eaves signed a thee-year deal worth $1.2 million a season.

Miller, 27, made $650,000 last season.

Update on Miller: per Ansar Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings could be close to signing forward Drew Miller before he hits the open market at noon.

“We’re trying to get a deal done,’’ Miller’s agent, Jason Woolley, told Booth Newspapers. “With the (Patrick) Eaves signing (three years for $1.2 million per season), we see what the range is, got a better feel for it.’‘

Miller, 27 is another valued role player and penalty killer. He has chipped in 10 goals in each of the past two seasons.

Update: From the Wings:

RED WINGS AND DEFENSEMAN JONATHAN ERICSSON AGREE TO TERMS ON THREE-YEAR DEAL

...New Contract Keeps Swedish Blue-liner in Detroit Through 2013-14 Season…

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on a three-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ericsson, 27, appeared in a career-high 74 games for the Red Wings last season, finishing with a career-best 15 points (3-12-15) and leading the team with 87 PIM.  He also tied for the team lead with three fighting majors.  Ericsson has played in 163 career NHL games, registering nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points and 150 PIM.  In 45 postseason contests with Detroit, he has 13 points (5-8-13) and 37 PIM.

“Jonathan Ericsson has made significant strides with us over the last three years,” said Holland.  “We believe in his abilities, we like the physical dimension that he brings to our team and we look for his continued progression as a player over the next few seasons as he enters into the prime of his career.”

Ericsson was Detroit’s ninth-round selection in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  He was the final player chosen at 291st overall.  The Karlskrona, Sweden, native began his North American professional career with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2006-07.  He spent nearly two full seasons in Grand Rapids before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings on February 22, 2008, at Calgary.  He returned to Grand Rapids for 40 games the following season, before being recalled permanently by Detroit in 2009.  Ericsson appeared in the final 19 games for the Red Wings that season, registering four points (1-3-4) and 15 PIM.  His strong play continued into the 2009 postseason as he scored the game-winning goal in his playoff debut on April 16 vs. Columbus.  The 6-4, 220-pound rearguard appeared in 22 of 23 postseason games during Detroit’s run to the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, missing only one game in the Western Conference Finals vs. Chicago due to an emergency appendectomy.  Following the 2008-09 season, Ericsson was named the winner of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year Award.


Update: And here’s Eaves:

RED WINGS AND FORWARD PATRICK EAVES AGREE TO TERMS ON THREE-YEAR DEAL

...Veteran Grinder to Remain in Hockeytown Through 2013-14…

Detroit… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the club has agreed to terms with forward Patrick Eaves on a three-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Eaves, 27, was originally a first round pick (29th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  He spent his first four NHL campaigns playing for the Senators and Carolina Hurricanes before signing with Detroit for the start of the 2009-10 season.  In two seasons with the Red Wings, he has appeared in 128 games, registering 25 goals and 17 assists for 42 points, and has become an integral part of Detroit’s penalty-killing unit.  In 370 career NHL games, Eaves has 70 goals and 62 assists for 132 points.

Eaves was a finalist for the 2005 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in college hockey.  He played three seasons with the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East from 2002-03 through 2004-05.

Update: Great deal for the Wings via Kypreos:

#Redwings sign Drew Miller 2 year deal worth 1.65M total.

And Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:

As per @JoshRimer, DET gets Drew Miller at 2 years, $1.65 M

Update: More on Ericsson, per DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

How does someone celebrate a new three-year contact? Well, in the case of Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, you attend a pair of head-banging heavy metal concerts in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“I’ve been in the car all day with a few friends, driving to Gothenburg,” said Ericsson, who signed his new deal worth $9.75 million Friday morning. “We’re going to see Iron Maiden and Metallica this weekend. I’m pretty excited about that too.”

With the signing of Ericsson, the Wings can now breathe a little easier at the start of the NHL’s annual free agency frenzy, knowing that they have five defensemen under contract, along side of captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart and Jakub Kindl. However, the Wings still need to find a replacement for Brain Rafalski, who announced his retirement last month, and they do have options other than free agency. Prospect Brendan Smith will be given every opportunity to make the Wings’ squad at training camp in September, and the club also has some insurance in the minors with veteran Doug Janik in Grand Rapids. Though in an ideal world, the Wings would prefer to have Janik available in case of emergencies. But Ericsson is delighted to stay in Detroit, which he says was always his first option.
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“It feels a little bit unreal, and all of that,” said Ericsson, 27. “I’m very excited to be able to stay in Detroit. I absolutely didn’t want to leave. I love everything about the organization and how everyone’s been treated. I love everything about the guys, the team, the fans. I’m glad that everything worked out.”

Besides Ericsson, the Wings also agreed to terms on a three-year deal Friday with forward Patrick Eaves. The Wings now have 19 players under contract at $52.5 million in salary for the 2011-12 season, leaving them with approximately $11.7 million left under the cap. And while Ericcson knows that his hefty pay raise comes with greater expectations from coach Mike Babcock and the Wings’ brass, the defenseman is ready.

“I think everyone has pressure, of course,” Ericsson said. “But I’ll have more pressure on me now. It’s more of a challenging thing for me. It’s just going to fun to try to improve and play a bigger role.”
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“When Rafalski (retired) there was more opportunity that opened up for me to try and take advantage of,” Ericsson said. “It felt better for me, especially when they believe in me. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m up for it.”

Miller update: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms the Miller deal:

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Drew Miller to a two-year deal worth a total of $1.65 million, a source told Booth Newspapers.

Miller, 27, will earn $800,000 next season and $850,000 in 2012-13 for a salary-cap hit of $825,000.

Miller (Michigan State) is another valued role player and penalty killer. He has chipped in 10 goals in each of the past two seasons.

Update elevendy billion: Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner confirms the Eaves deal and Jason Woolley says this on Twitter:

Drew Miller Happy to be a Red WIng! Great organization.

Update elevendy billion and one: Per the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:

Three up, three signed.

The Red Wings have signed forward Drew Miller to a 2-year contract worth $1.65 million.

That comes on the heels of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and forward Patrick Eaves signing with the Wings in the last 24 hours.

There is likely one consequence with Eaves and Miller signing.

The chances of Kris Draper, 40, returning to the Wings diminishes considerably with Eaves and Miller signed.

With 13 forwards under contract (and prospect Cory Emmerton a good chance at being 14, he has no more minor league options), there likely isn’t room for Draper.

Update elevendy billion and three: Per the AP’s Larry Lage:

Drew Miller says he signed a 2-yr deal with the Detroit Red Wings: “It was just before noon….I’m happy to be back.”

Update elevendy billion and four: Miller to MLive’s Ansar Khan:

“I feel very confident that coming back was the right decision. It’s a place where I feel comfortable,’’ Miller told Booth Newspapers. “I have an opportunity to continue my role and hopefully keep growing.’‘

Miller, 27, will earn $800,000 next season and $850,000 in 2012-13 for a salary-cap hit of $825,000.

Miller (Michigan State) is another valued role player and penalty killer. He has chipped in 10 goals in each of the past two seasons. He earned $650,000 last season.

“I think I’ll have an opportunity to play more minutes, not only on the fourth line and the penalty kill but also on the third line and hopefully work my way up in the organization,’’ Miller said.

Miller was a healthy scratch in 15 games last season, due to the team’s depth at forward.

“It was definitely something on my mind when I was making my decision, but last year I played hard and proved I can play every game and I’m a valuable asset to the team,’’ Miller said.

Update: Here’s the Miller press release:

RED WINGS SIGN DREW MILLER TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

…  Former Michigan State Spartan Appeared in 67 Games with Detroit last Season …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with veteran forward Drew Miller on a two-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Miller skated in 67 games for the Red Wings last season, matching a career-high by netting 10 goals while dishing out 8 assists to finish the 2010-11 campaign with 18 points, 11 of which (6G-5A) were registered in his 18 intradivisional contests.  The 27-year-old native of Dover , N.J. , also led all Detroit forwards in blocked shots last season with 58.

Originally selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller has recorded 26G-26A-52P-48PIM in 200 career games as a member of the Ducks, Lightning and Red Wings. Detroit acquired the 6’2”, 170-lb. right winger’s rights on a waiver wire claim from Tampa Bay on November 11, 2009. Prior to commencing his professional hockey career, Miller starred with the Michigan State Spartans for three seasons (2003-06), tallying 39G-47A-86P-18PIM in 125 total CCHA appearances. The Spartans named Miller their team M.V.P. upon the conclusion of his final collegiate season of 2005-06.

Here’s Eaves speaking to DRW.com’s Bill Roose:

“I want to be with the Red Wings really bad, and everything worked out great between Kenny (Holland) and my agent, and for me, so I’ve very excited to be back,” said Eaves, who signed a three-year contract worth $3.6 million.

“It’s just the people, the people in the organization that I’m with every day,” said Eaves, in an exclusive interview with DetroitRedWings.com. “Everyone is awesome, and I really enjoy all of the friendships that I have there. It was the people that really made me want to come back to Detroit.”
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The Red Wings now have 20 players signed – 14 forwards, five defensemen and a goalie – to approximately $53.4 million, which leaves just over $10.9 million that the club has to work with under the salary cap. The Wings also announced Friday the signing of veteran forward Drew Miller to a two-year deal.

Both Eaves and Miller are 27-years-old, and have been with the Wings since the 2009-10 season. Miller had 10 goals and eight assists in 67 games last season, and has compiled 20 goals and 17 assists in the past two seasons.

A former Hobey Baker finalist with Boston College, Eaves has made a home with the Wings as a grinding forward. His has become a valuable contributor to the Wings’ penalty-killing efforts, ranking fourth among Wings in average short-handed time of ice per game (2:41). Last season, Eaves had 13 goals and seven assists in 63 games, including a career-best four point effort in a 7-3 win at Dallas in December.

Since the day after the Wings were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals, Eaves told DetroitRedWings.com that he wanted to return to Detroit. At the time, he said that he loathed the angst of free agency. But Friday morning, as he and his wife, Katie, waited to catch a flight to a family vacation in Montana, Eaves was ecstatic.

“Anytime you can get one of those, it’s very special,” Eaves said. “It was nice to get that offer and that commitment from the team for three years. I was really excited about that and jumped all over it. … It’s nice to have it done before we lift-off and land out there.”

Holland on Eaves/Miller per the Free Press’s St. James:

“The biggest thing is, both are 27 years of age,” Holland said. “Both been here almost two years. Eaves had 13 goals; Miller had 10 goals. They’ve played mostly on the fourth line, but played up when we’ve had injuries and done a good job. They both kill penalties.

“They’ve continued to advance their careers. They wanted to be here. They can play with skill guys, on checking lines, and both are good people.”

Update: More on Eaves/Miller/Ericsson per the AP’s Larry Lage and Noah Trister:

“I wanted to stay, but it had to work out and make sense for both sides,” the 27-year-old Miller said. “I’m happy to be back and with a two-year contract, I’m hopeful that I can grow my role as a player with the organization.”

Miller had 10 goals and eight assists in 67 games last season.

Ericsson has played four seasons in the NHL, all with Detroit. He set career highs in 2010-11 in games (74), points (15) and penalty minutes (87).

“Jonathan Ericsson has made significant strides with us over the last three years,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We believe in his abilities, we like the physical dimension that he brings to our team and we look for his continued progression as a player over the next few seasons as he enters into the prime of his career.”

Update: More from Miller via Roose:

Miller had 10 goals and eight assists in 67 games last season, and has compiled 20 goals and 17 assists in the past two seasons. The two-year contract is his first multi-year deal that isn’t a two-way contract.

“Being unrestricted, we signed just before noon, so I almost went into free agency,” Miller said. “It’s a lot of unknowns and you never know where you might end up. There are so many things going through your mind, so it was nice to get it done and have it over with. … Now I can enjoy this Fourth of July weekend.”

Miller also believes it was important that the Wings sign their own players, like Eaves, Ericsson and Nicklas Lidstrom.

“I think it’s great to have all of those guys back,” Miller said. “I think we had a team last year that could win the Stanley Cup, but we fell short. To have that core group back with players like myself, Patrick, Jonathan and the Captain, I think we can put together a team that can make a run at the Cup again.”

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3.25m for the E makes him available for a swap, add hudler +/-
whatever THE tick tock thinks,
will =
most of us scratching our heads again.

while we loao!

Posted by hockeyful from jupiter on 07/01/11 at 02:40 PM ET

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Wiz is off the board.  Everybody get ready for the return of Ruslan Salei.

Not that its heartbreaking, but I wouldn’t count on him coming back.  He seemed to be surprised/upset by his having to compete for a spot towards the end of the year.

Posted by dumbasrocks on 07/01/11 at 02:41 PM ET

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I wouldn’t bring back Salei.  He seemed totally uninterested in playing hockey towards the end of the year.  And made some comments about wanting to spend more time with his wife and new child.

Posted by Nick on 07/01/11 at 03:01 PM ET

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Excellent deals for both Eaves and Miller. Hope to see Eaves get some time on the 2nd line./PP unit. The man knows how to shoot the puck.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/01/11 at 04:08 PM ET

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Great to read how happy Eaves is to be staying with us.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/11 at 04:10 PM ET

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“I’ve been in the car all day with a few friends, driving to Gothenburg,” said Ericsson, who signed his new deal worth $9.75 million Friday morning. “We’re going to see Iron Maiden and Metallica this weekend. I’m pretty excited about that too.”

I think I can give E52 some bonus points for that, but I still don’t like him much and think he’s being paid more than he’s worth.  I guess only time will tell.

Posted by puppydogbones from Muskegon, currently stuck in Sabresland on 07/01/11 at 04:46 PM ET

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