The Detroit Red Wings added some experience to their blue line on Monday by signing defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
Salei, 35, was originally a first-round draft pick (No. 9) of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1996 Entry Draft. The Minsk, Belarus, native has appeared in 842 career games with the Ducks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. He has 194 points (43 goals, 151 assists) and 1,017 penalty minutes in 13 NHL seasons.
Salei appeared in just 14 games for Colorado in 2009-10 due to a back injury, finishing the season with 1 goal and 5 assists, along with 10 PIM. Salei was the captain of Belarus at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In four games, he registered 1 goal, was plus-2 and led the team in average ice time (22:36).
Salei previously played under current Red Wings coach Mike Babcock for two seasons in Anaheim (2002-03 and 2003-04).