The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday the signing of pending restricted free agent forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension.
The #RedWings today signed forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension. ?
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 24, 2020
Of course, financial terms were not officially announced, but Craig Custance of The Athletic reports that the new contact carries a $2.95 million salary cap hit.
$2.95 million AAV for Fabbri https://t.co/Ca6xojZtoq
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) August 24, 2020
With Fabbri signing, two of Detroit’s ten pending RFAs are set to return, as Evgeny Svechnikov signed a one-year deal earlier this month.
Fabbri was acquired by Detroit from the St. Louis Blues for center Jacob de la Rose on November 6, the biggest “win” of GM Steve Yzerman’s first season with the Red Wings. He went on to score 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points, good for fourth on the team over the season.
I think the $2.95 million AAV is solid for the Red Wings. It won’t hurt too much for too long if it turns out Fabbri’s first season with the club was an outlier and it helps set a baseline for Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi, though they may be looking at longer-term deals which will be framed differently anyway.