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Red Wings, Joakim Andersson Agree On A Two-Year Contract

Updated 2x: Numbers are in, $732K cap hit per year, so Capgeek estimates that the Wings have $313K in cap space left:

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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Comments

SYF's avatar

Awright.  Mr. Andersson back in the fold.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 08/06/13 at 01:33 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

cost?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/06/13 at 01:50 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings never release salary $. So the press will tell us within the next hour.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/13 at 02:00 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

why only 2 years?

Posted by MoreShoot on 08/06/13 at 02:11 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

excellent. i wish it were 3 or 4 years.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 08/06/13 at 02:13 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

This is a classic “bridge contract.” If a player doesn’t have much in the way of negotiating power coming off an entry-level deal and the team feels that he’s got more to give, they’ll sign him to a shorter-term deal to allow himself to prove himself and earn a bigger payday. This deal makes sense for both sides.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/13 at 02:18 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’m guessing it’ll be low cost because of the short term, give him a chance to prove himself, he’s only got a Brunner sized sample of NHL time.  Probably a trade-off as well with a low cap but low term, give the team some flexibility on the cap crunch year.  Hoping at least.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/06/13 at 02:30 PM ET

Crater's avatar

CapGeek doesn’t have it yet. Usually they’re pretty quick with salaries.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 08/06/13 at 02:40 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

hah, first thing I did too Crater.  Sometimes they’re spooky with how quick they post new info.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/06/13 at 02:41 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Make it three. I’m refreshing their page as well.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/13 at 02:48 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Well let’s hope they can get Nyquist a ‘classic bridge’ and another bridge (as in , out of town) for Sammy.

Posted by MoreShoot on 08/06/13 at 02:49 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Savage says $1.465 million total $, $732K per season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/13 at 03:15 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Sounds like a terrific value for the team.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 08/06/13 at 04:19 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I love that number.  For playing so much 3rd line center, I was afraid of a 850-1m, not to mention his size and good all-around responsible game.  Very friendly number in my opinion.  Does that put Gus around 1m?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/06/13 at 04:24 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

wow, perfect value for all

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 08/06/13 at 04:44 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Ssparky!

Posted by The Meal on 08/07/13 at 10:46 AM ET

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