After losing several free agents last week, the Detroit Red Wings retained the services of one on Monday, signing Ville Leino to a two-year deal. Reportedly the contract is worth $1.6 million.
Leino had opted for salary arbitration before coming to terms with Detroit.
In his first year in North America, Leino scored five goals and added four assists for the Wings. He spent most of the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 46 points.
The Red Wings lost Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky to the Chicago Blackhawks, Ty Conklin to the St. Louis Blues and Mikael Samuelsson to the Vancouver Canucks in the opening days of free agency, a conseguence of being up against the NHL’s salary cap.
Restricted free agent Jiri Hudler has also opted for salary arbitration.