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by Paul on 08/06/13 at 02:26 PM ET
Update: Here's the Wings' press release (and we'll have to wait about an hour for the $$ to leak)...
RED WINGS SIGN JOAKIM ANDERSSON TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL
… Swedish Center Skated in 38 Games for Detroit in 2012-13 …
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Joakim Andersson to a two-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Andersson, 24, was selected by Detroit in the third round (88th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-2, 198-lb. center skated in 38 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13, collecting eight points (3-5-8) and eight PIM. He recorded his first career NHL goal and assist in the same game, a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 15 at Joe Louis Arena. Just nine days later on Feb. 24, Andersson notched his first career multi-goal game in an 8-3 rout of the Vancouver Canucks at The Joe. The Munkedal, Sweden, native also appeared in all 14 postseason contests for Detroit this year, registering five points (1-4-5) and 10 PIM.
Andersson spent parts of four seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, including 36 games in 2012-13, before being recalled to Detroit for the final 38 games of the regular season. In 153 career games with Grand Rapids, he posted 74 points (28-46-74) and 66 PIM.
Update #2: Here are the numbers, from MLive's Brendan Savage:
Andersson will earn $700,000 this season and $765,000 in 2014-15, for a salary-cap hit of $732,000.
Andersson appeared in all 14 playoff games, picking up five points (goal, four assists). Andersson's defensive ability enabled the club to use him with more offensive-minded wingers, Gustav Nyquist and Damien Brunner.
The Red Wings have Andersson (6-2, 198) slated to be their fourth-line center this season, if Helm is healthy and able to return to his third-line center spot.
The native of Munkedal, Sweden, was selected by Detroit in the third round (88th overall) of the 2007 entry draft.
Nyquist is the club's lone remaining unsigned restricted free agent. General manager Ken Holland said Nyquist will be signed before the start of training camp on Sept. 12.
FTR: According to page 49 of the CBA, the NHL's minimum compensation for this season is $550,000.
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