Delmore had an offer to return to Europe, but decided to have his agent give the Red Wings a call.
"We just became aware he wanted to play in North American," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We have a relationship with (Delmore’s agent) Tom Laidlaw (who also represented former Red Wings Dallas Drake and Greg Johnson).
"Tom informed us Andy was interested in remaining in North America." ...
"I was always a fan of Detroit and I know they’re a great organization," the six-foot-one, 200-pound Delmore said. "I’ll go to Grand Rapids and be part of a first-class organization and whatever happens is going to happen."
The Wings, who were squeezed by their salary cap, offered 10 years for $40 million for the forward. But they knew they likely wouldn't get him and gave his agent Ritch Winter permission a week ago to talk to other teams. They did it out of the goodness of their heart because they could have tried to trade his negotiating rights as Florida did with Jay Bouwmeester; but they felt they owed Hossa for signing with Detroit last year and leaving lots of money on the table elsewhere."