Red Wings Extend Fabbri with Three-Year Deal


The Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of forward Robby Fabbri to a three-year deal on Monday night.

And… Can it be?! They actually included financial terms!

I didn’t love the deal when I first heard it but, after sleeping on it, I think it’s entirely reasonable.

My initial thought was that it didn’t look right to have Fabbri signed for longer than any other player on the roster. But that’s just an effect of the Red Wings having so few players signed to term. There’s nothing wrong with three years given what Fabbri has shown in his time with Detroit.

The AAV of $4 million might be a touch high but the Red Wings aren’t projected to be a cap team in the next three years so it’s not the end of the world by any means.  In a cap world we’d love everyone to want to sign with our team for the league minimum, of course.  But this is an amount that can probably be traded, if necessary, or can be traded with salary retained (if even more necessary).

A contract for Fabbri was always going to be interesting because of where the Wings are in their rebuild.  A pending free agent this summer, Fabbri could have been flipped at the deadline for assets towards the rebuild.  That would have just left the team needing to replace him, though.

On a three-year deal, he’ll still be young enough that, if the Wings are still rebuilding at the end of his contract (or if young players from the rebuild have pushed him out of the lineup, in a more optimistic scenario), he can be flipped as a pending free agent down the road.

I think it’s a safe deal, if a little expensive.

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  • Where do you think we are at this point in the season and, do we make the playoffs?

    Jon December 14, 2021 9:02 PM
    • Even with the win tonight, I don’t think this is a very good team. Bottom-ten in the league. Record is inflated by having had a relatively easy schedule to start. But when Nedeljkovic plays like he did tonight, they can make it interesting.

      Clark Rasmussen December 14, 2021 10:20 PM
      • Interesting. What pieces are missing? Or, is it a matter of gaining experience?

        Jon December 14, 2021 11:24 PM
        • I think they’re missing another top center, I question their defense, and they could probably use a little more overall depth. Some of that comes from experience. Gustav Lindstrom, for example, is a much more reliable player this year than last, and I’m sure part of that is having gotten more experience under his belt. There are nights where that applies to Givani Smith, too (and nights where he still looks like a player who wouldn’t get close to a competitive roster).

          Clark Rasmussen December 15, 2021 8:02 AM
          • Have you seen or heard the rumor they are scout into Evander Kane? Not sure what he’s being other than a distraction

            Jon December 16, 2021 7:10 PM
          • I’d always liked Kane and some of what he’s faced has been a bad rap… But enough of it is stuff he’s brought on himself that I worry about bringing him in. The Sharks can only retain half of his salary but if you can get them to pay a third team to retain more, it could be a low-risk, high-reward deal. But I’m not sure San Jose does that.

            Clark Rasmussen December 17, 2021 9:33 AM