After Red Wings fans were grumbling about the lack of activity in the early hours of NHL free agency, Detroit has signed two key players in Mike Green and Brad Richards on Wednesday.
The Red Wings were in desperate need of a right-handed defenseman with offensive skills, which was never truly addressed since the retirements of Nick Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski a few years ago. Team general manager Ken Holland somewhat filled that void with former Washington Capitals defenseman Green. The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal worth $18 million, according to the Detroit Free Press. Green scored 360 career points in 575 NHL games. He nabbed ten goals and 45 points in 72 games last season.
Brad Richards signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings worth $3 million plus $1 million in signing bonuses. The center helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2015 Stanley Cup with 14 postseason points, making him a two-time champion when you include the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Cup-winning year in 2004. Richards scored 12 goals and tallied 25 assists in 76 regular season games for Chicago this past season.
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