Red Wings Re-Sign Defenseman Kindl

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenseman Jakub Kindl on a four-year contract on Friday.

As per club policy financial terms were not announced, however the deal is reportedly worth $9.6 million for an annual salary cap hit of $2.4 million. His previous salary was $1.05 million.

Kindl, coming off a breakthrough season that saw him solidify a role on the Detroit blue line, was set to become a restricted free agent on July 5.

Appearing in 41 of the Red Wings’ 48 games this season, Kindl scored 13 points and was a +15 – good for second on the team behind Pavel Datsyuk. He played in all 14 of the team’s playoff games, adding five more points while going +4.

Kindl was Detroit’s first-round selection in the post-lockout 2005 NHL Entry Draft, where the Red Wings selected 19th overall.

With Kindl signed, the Red Wings have approximately $8.2 million in salary cap space remaining for the 2013-14 season. Restricted free agents Brendan Smith, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist are expected to return while unrestricted free agents Valtteri Filppula, Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary are less certain. Unrestricted free agent defenseman Ian White will not be back with the club.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

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