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Detroit Red Wings Sign Jakub Kindl, Drew Miller to Deals

June 29th, 2013 at 3:23 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Jakub Kindl to a four-year deal worth $9.6 million.

The news was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger.

The club also officially announced the re-signing of forward Drew Miller to a three-year, $4.05 million deal. News of the deal was first reported on June 14, so it was just a matter of putting the pen to the paper.

Kindl was set to become a restricted free agent on July 5. Now that he's re-signed, the Wings now have seven defensemen under contract, as Brendan Smith remains unsigned. He too is set to become a RFA on July 5.

Much like Miller, Kindl said that he wants to stay in Detroit.

The Czech Republic native was drafted 19th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft, making him the highest draft pick by the Red Wings in the last 21 years. That will likely change on Sunday, as the Wings hold the 18th pick in round one of the 2013 Draft.

Kindl got off to a bit of a shaky start this season, but his play improved greatly as he was given more playing time due to injuries to the blue line. He tallied a career-high four goals, and tied a career high in points with 13 in 41 games played. In the playoffs, Kindl registered five points (goal, four assists) in 14 games.

With Kindl and Miller re-signed, plus Pavel Datsyuk receiving a contract extension, the Wings still have some deals to hammer out for RFAs Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, and Smith. Damien Brunner, a pending UFA, also needs to be re-signed.

Fellow UFA Ian White will not be re-signed, and UFAs Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary are not likely to return.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Drew Miller, Hockey, Jakub Kindl, NHL

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