DETROIT (WJBK) - NHL free agency started at noon Saturday and shortly afterwards the Red Wings announced the signing of veteran defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year contract worth a reported just over nine million dollars.
#RedWings Holland on conference call "Great day for the Red Wings"— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
Trevor Daley's terms in DET: 3 x $3.178.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2017
Daley, 33, won the Stanley Cup this past season for the second year in a row with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Daley has also played for the Chicago Blackhawks & Dallas Stars during his 14-year NHL career.
#RedWings Daley "easy for me to make the decision" after talking to Wings about where they want to go, calls it a "no brainer"— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
In 894 regular season NHL games, the 5'11", 195 pound Canadian, has 78 goals, 200 assists and is a +22. In 71 career playoff games, Daley has six goals, 12 assists and a +7.
#RedWings Holland "We needed to do something in the back end"— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
Last season Daley missed time after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and played in 56 regular season games.
#RedWings Daley "I still think I got's lots of hockey left in me."— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
The veteran had five goals, 14 assists and was a +7. In 21 playoff games this past season, Daley had one goal, four assists and was a +7.
#RedWings Daley on if Wings are close to making playoffs "absolutely" talks how injuries hurt them last season— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
The Red Wings also announced the signing of defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year deal worth a reporter 750 thousand dollars.
Red Wings also sign Luke Witkowski for 1 yr, $750K for toughness (ask Anthony Mantha). More likely to play F than D.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 1, 2017
Witkowski, 27, is a native of Holland, Michigan and played four years at Western Michigan University. He was drafted 160th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
#RedWings Witkowski says he'll do whatever's best for team on position "transition is not as difficult for me...feel comfortable"— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
#RedWings Witkowski "dream come true" on playing for Wings, says his phone is going crazy right now— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) July 1, 2017
In 54 career games with the Lightning, the right handed shot defenseman has four assists and is a -1. Witkowski split time last year between the Lightning and AHL Syracuse Crunch where he had five assists.
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