Red Wings Sign Defenseman Salei

The Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract on Monday.

Financial terms of the deal were not officially announced but the deal is reportedly worth $750,000.

Salei is coming off of an injury-shortened season with the Colorado Avalanche that saw him appear in only 14 games, though he did captain the Belorussian squad at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Red Wings had been in the market for a defenseman to play on the third pairing with Jonathan Ericsson. With Salei signed and Jakub Kindl moving up from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Derek Meech is expected to be moved.

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