The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday the signing of forward Luke Glendening to a four-year contract extension.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 14, 2016
Glendening still has one year left on his current contract, carrying a $628,333 salary cap hit.
Of course, no financial terms were announced, because team policy is to leak that information to only certain people, so they can tell the rest of the world.
This deal annoys me. Keep locking up bottom-six forwards long-term, Kenny. The replaceable guys. As much as I hate the Steve Ott signing, these are the people you can grab every year if your guy walks. There is no reason to give four years to Luke Glendening. None.
Ansar Khan, who still has me blocked on Twitter, says the new deal carries a cap hit of $1.8 million. I hate it now.
Update, 11:45 AM: Michael Petrella, formerly of The Production Line, had this to add…
Why on Earth would anyone extend anyone beyond the expansion draft if they didn’t absolutely have to?
— Michael Petrella (@mpetrella) July 14, 2016
The timing of this extension is particularly bad because it means that the Red Wings are virtually required to protect Glendening in the expansion draft. Were he going to be a free agent next summer, they could have left him unprotected and used his spot on someone else.
Of course, there’s the cynical thought that the Wings could leave him unprotected knowing that they paid him too much and Las Vegas won’t want to pick up that contract. I don’t think Ken Holland thinks that way, though.