Just before NHL free agency opened on Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of veteran center Sam Gagner to a one-year contract extension.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with center Sam Gagner on a one-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/N23EbGboqR
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 28, 2021
Financial terms were not announced but the deal is reportedly worth $850,000.
Of the Red Wings’ three pending unrestricted free agent veteran forwards, Gagner was the one who made the most sense to me to re-sign.
Luke Glendening seems likely to sign a contract for more money and/or more term than I think the Wings should pay. Bobby Ryan may be in the same situation, with an added negative of being a winger when the Red Wings seemingly needed to focus on center depth.