As expected, the Red Wings announced this morning that defenseman Ryan Sproul has re-signed with the team.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 23, 2016
With the deal, the Wings’ last restricted free agent is signed on the eve of training camp.
That it’s a two-year deal is interesting to me. This is a guy who has to be exposed to waivers if he doesn’t make the club, is seemingly behind Xavier Ouellet in that regard, and will likely be claimed if he is waived. This deal will almost certainly be paid by another team. Why give them another year?
I don’t know. If it were up to me, Sproul’s rights would have been traded months ago so they don’t lose him for nothing. We’ll see what happens.
Update, 9:30 AM: This might explain the need for a two-year deal.
#RedWings Ryan Sproul agrees to 2-year deal. First year is 2-way $600k and 2nd year 1-way at $650k
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) September 23, 2016
By going for two years, Sproul is guaranteed a one-way contract for the 2017-18 season, wherever he ends up playing.