The Detroit Red Wings have signed two defensemen on the first day of free agency, completing deals for Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski.
Former Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh blue liner, Daley, joins Detroit on a three year deal worth $3.166m per season. He also has a modified no-trade clause as part of the deal. Witkowski, formerly with Tampa Bay, has agreed a two year deal worth $1.5m overall.
Toronto native, Daley (33), was part of the Pittsburgh Penguins team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in the last two seasons. Last season he put up 19 points (5G, 14A) in 56 games. Overall he has appeared in 894 NHL regular season games and contributed 278 points (78G, 200A).
Witkowski was drafted by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2008 Draft (160th Overall). He featured in 54 games overall, posting four assists. Witkowski is from Holland, MI and has previously played under Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill whilst at Western Michigan.
These deals suggest to me that Ken Holland
still does not know what he wants this Detroit team to be. Whilst he certainly addresses some of the defensive issues that the Wings have, picking up Daley is hardly going to get the Hockeytown faithful excited. Daley is also 33 and so is nearer the back end of his career. It’s not the type of signing you’d expect from a team in a rebuild phase, and equally he’s far from any ‘missing piece’ that will suddenly make the Wings competitive again. For me, Holland would have been better served allowing prospects the chance to go out and play at the NHL level. Holland has always seemed reluctant to allow this, and it has harmed the futures of a few prospects. Players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar
and Nick Jensen
have made the step up to the NHL too late and I genuinely believe that this has had an adverse effect on their game.
Red Wings Add Daley, Witkowski
The Detroit Red Wings have signed Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski on the first day of Free Agency.