Red Wings Bring Back Forward Fabbri

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday the signing of pending restricted free agent forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension.

Of course, financial terms were not officially announced, but Craig Custance of The Athletic reports that the new contact carries a $2.95 million salary cap hit.

With Fabbri signing, two of Detroit’s ten pending RFAs are set to return, as Evgeny Svechnikov signed a one-year deal earlier this month.

Fabbri was acquired by Detroit from the St. Louis Blues for center Jacob de la Rose on November 6, the biggest “win” of GM Steve Yzerman‘s first season with the Red Wings.  He went on to score 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points, good for fourth on the team over the season.

I think the $2.95 million AAV is solid for the Red Wings.  It won’t hurt too much for too long if it turns out Fabbri’s first season with the club was an outlier and it helps set a baseline for Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi, though they may be looking at longer-term deals which will be framed differently anyway.

Red Wings Extend Svechnikov

The Red Wings announced the signing of pending restricted free agent forward Evgeny Svechnikov to a one-year deal on Sunday.

Svechnikov is the first of Detroit’s ten pending restricted free agent forwards to come to terms on a new deal.

Financial terms of the contract were not announced (of course) but it would be hard to see him making much different than the $863,333 he earned last season.

The 2020-21 campaign will be make or break for Svechnikov.  He spent almost all of last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins after missing 2018-19 due to injury.  He will also need to clear waivers to re-join the Griffins so he should be penciled in for a slot on the opening night roster.

Had the Red Wings not thought that was possible, they could have let him sign in Russia (as had been rumored earlier this summer) while retaining his NHL rights as an RFA.  The fact that this deal happened at all seems to show that the Red Wings think he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL.