Detroit Red Wings: Trevor Daley Signed to Three-Year Deal

Daley addresses this issue quite well for the Red Wings, since he can serve as a one-man breakout if needed.

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year deal worth around $9.5 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Daley, already 33, will provide veteran leadership to a younger defense that also includes Danny DeKeyser and Xavier Ouellet. The Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Daley won two Stanley Cups, really felt his absence when he was out of the lineup for four games during the playoffs. That's still an average defensive unit, but it's definitely better than previous year. "I think we complemented each other really well".

The Red Wings are also interested in defenseman Luke Witkowski, a MI native who earned the league minimum for Tampa Bay last season. Daley is definitely a player that can have an instant impact for the Red Wings. Witkowski is a gritty, tough player who will protect players like Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings clearly feel that none of their defensive prospects will be ready this year or even next year.

It's expected to be a 1-year contract, for under $1 million - a depth move for the organization.

It's good to see, though, that they haven't signed any free agent forwards....yet. He's has spent part of the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay, appearing in 34 games last season. Again that's not saying much.

The Red Wings suffered in a major way in terms of offensive production from the blue line last season.

  • Jo Lloyd