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On The College UFA Players The Wings Signed Yesterday

03/13/2019 at 10:17am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings signed forwards Ryan Kuffner of Princeton and Taro Hirose of Michigan State to two-year entry-level contracts.

The pair of skilled wingers will be with the Red Wings for the remainder of the season and are expected to join the lineup in the next week to 10 days. The Canadian natives need to get their visas changed from academic to professional status. Kuffner is flying to Detroit Wednesday. Hirose will arrive Thursday.

“They were the top two free agent players we liked as a staff,” Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings’ director of player evaluation, said. “I don’t want to put who was No. 1 and who was No. 2 because they are different-type players. Ryan plays a little bit lower in the O-zone and Taro generally is the flank guy. (Hirose) would be more of a set-up guy, playmaker, whereas Ryan likes to be a little bit more of a shooter. They’re very complementary to each other.”

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