The Detroit Red Wings signed Luke Glendening to a three-year extension this morning, to make sure the soon to be restricted free agent would continue to wear the Winged Wheel for years to come.
UPDATE: The #RedWings have signed Luke Glendening to a three-year contract extension.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 5, 2014
Luke Glendening signed a one-year deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Michigan during the shortened season and became an integral part of the Griffins’ Calder Cup run at the end of the season.
His play earned him a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings as a depth center and injury call-up. With all the injuries the Red Wings suffered this season, Glendening was called up to the NHL in October and made a home on the Wings’ fourth line.
With fifty-one games played this season, he has only been able to tally six assists and zero goals, but once the first goal comes for Luke more will follow. Glendening is not going to score a lot of goals for the Red Wings, but his defensive abilities are only eclipsed by Drew Miller.
When the Red Wings want to ice a game with under a minute left in the game, it is Glendening’s line that Mike Babcock puts on the ice and recently they have done a great job closing out games.
Glendening reminds me of a young Kirk Maltby; he will not put up a lot of goals, but he is great defensively, plays tough, and gets into the heads of his opponents to throw them off their game.
There is still a lot of room for Luke to develop into a more complete player, but he most likely projects as nothing more than a third or fourth line center.
Luke Glendening’s three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings will average $628,333 per season.