Mar 16, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (20) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Detroit Red Wings won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Miller Sticking With Wings: Signs 3-Year Extension

There are plenty of questions that Red Wings’ management need to answer before NHL free agency begins.  Mainly, will they re-sign UFA’s Damien Brunner, Dan Cleary, and Valtteri Filppula?

Well, today GM Ken Holland finished one of his smaller homework assignments ahead of schedule.  The Wings announced they have re-signed forward Drew Miller to a 3-year, $4.05 million dollar extension.

Miller’s cap hit of $1.35 million/per season is very economical for Holland and company.  Yet, it’s still a significant raise for a role player who made $850,000 for the 2012-2013 season.

At 29, Miller is coming into the prime of his NHL career and is one of the team’s most reliable players. During his end of the year address coach Mike Babcock acknowledged Miller’s value to the club:

I’m a huge fan of Millsie.  He’s an important part of this team.

Miller will be looking to improve upon his 8 points in 44 regular season games for Detroit this past season.  However, as Darren Helm‘s return date remains a mystery, it’s a definite plus that the Wings were able to get one of their best penalty killers inked to a new contract.

With the Miller deal done, Holland will have time to address more pressing concerns.  Expect new deals for Cleary and Brunner to be next on the to-do list, as all reports indicate Valtteri Filppula is ready to hit the open market come July 5th.

After that it’s time for Kenny to go sign some UFA’s.  Can’t do any worse than last summer right?

 

 

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