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Miller signs one-year contract to stay with Red Wings

Forward will return for eighth season with Detroit

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Left wing Drew Miller signed a one-year contract to return to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Miller, 32, could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1. He missed the Red Wings' final 40 regular-season games and five Stanley Cup Playoff games with a torn meniscus sustained Jan. 10 against the Anaheim Ducks. Injuries to his knee and jaw limited Miller to 28 regular-season games in 2015-16 after playing 190 consecutive games over the previous three seasons.

"We settled on the one year because it gives me a chance to prove that my knee is there and ready to last a whole season, and then we'll go from there," Miller told the Red Wings website. "I'm excited. I didn't want to go to free agency." 

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward has spent the past seven seasons with the Red Wings and has 100 points in 449 games in his tenure in Detroit. 

A sixth-round pick (No. 186) of the Ducks at the 2003 NHL Draft, Miller has 57 goals and 115 points in 516 NHL games with the Red Wings, Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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