Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Jakub Kindl to a four-year contract. Now, what about Daniel Cleary? Damien Brunner? Valtteri Filppula?
Ken Holland, Detroit's general manager, has some important personnel decisions to make in the next few days.
Cleary, Brunner and Filppula can be unrestricted free agents starting July 5. Of the three, Filppula seems most likely to test the free agent market.
In addition, Detroit has three restricted free agents it must come to terms with — defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson.
The 26-year-old Kindl was a restricted free agent as well. He'll make $2.4 million a year under the new contract.
Kindl was drafted by the Red Wings in 2005 and made his NHL debut in 2009.
The Czech Republic native scored a career-high four goals for the Red Wings in the 2012-13 season and tied his career high of 13 points. He was second on the team with a +15 rating, averaging more than 18 minutes of ice time per game. He had five points in 14 playoff games.
Earlier, the Wings re-signed veteran forward Drew Miller to a three-year contract worth $4.05 million. Miller had four goals and four assists this past season, but earned his keep as one of the team’s top penalty killers.