Per Elliotte Friedman, the Red Wings have signed goalie Petr Mrazek to a two-year contract.
Mrazek has signed a two year deal. $3.85 and $4.15
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 27, 2016
That’s a $4 million AAV, which is a solid deal for the Red Wings except for the fact that they have Jimmy Howard carrying a $5,291,666 cap hit as a backup.
With the deal, the Red Wings managed to avoid arbitration, something the team takes pride in. It would have been their first “real” arbitration hearing (the hearing for Jiri Hudler in 2009 was a formality as he’d already bolted for the KHL) in two decades.
Mrazek will still be a restricted free agent when the deal ends, giving him time to prove himself as a starter and the Red Wings time to dump Howard.