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Red Wings announce deals with Kindl, Miller

Saturday, 06.29.2013 / 12:30 PM / News

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings kept two potential free agents off the market by signing forward Drew Miller and defenseman Jakub Kindl to multiyear deals.

The Red Wings announced Saturday they have signed Miller to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 season and Kindl to a four-year deal that will expire following the 2016-17 campaign. No financial figures were released, but MLive.com reports Miller's contract will pay him $4.05 million, an average annual value of $1.35 million per season. Multiple media reports say Kindl's deal is worth $2.4 million per season.

Miller, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next week, was a standout at Michigan State and wanted to stay in his home state. The 29-year-old fourth-line forward and penalty-killer scored four goals, including a pair of game-winners, in 44 games during the 2012-13 season. He had a game-winning goal and an assist in six playoff games for Detroit after returning from a broken right hand.

Kindl, a 26-year-old from the Czech Republic, could have become a restricted free agent on July 5 after a season in which he scored four goals and had 13 points and a plus-15 rating in 41 games. He had a goal and four assists while playing in all 14 of Detroit's playoff games.

His signing means the Red Wings have seven NHL defensemen under contract, leaving Brendan Smith as the only unsigned blueliner. He is eligible to be an RFA on Friday, as are forwards Gustav Nyqust and Joakim Andersson. Center Valtteri Filppula and forwards Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner can become unrestricted free agents Friday.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday