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Red Wings ink free agent defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year deal worth $9.5 million

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DETROIT, Mich — The Red Wings have signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a three year deal worth $9.5 million, Bob McKenzie reports:

Daley, 33, played 109 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the last two seasons, notching 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists) on his way to earning two Stanley Cup Championships.

The contract may be widely criticized by Red Wings fans, but getting Daley at this term is acceptable for a veteran stopgap defender. Daley is still a strong-skating defender who will slot nicely on the team’s 2nd pair. Personally, I was expecting larger term for the veteran rearguard, and while it creates a larger problem for the defensive logjam, I think it’s safe to say we were expecting worse.

Here’s a blurb on Daley from Pensblog’s Jesse Marshall:

In addition to providing puck support along the wall as I mentioned earlier, Daley's skating and reverse pivot on the blueline are as good now as they've ever been. That kind of mobility from a defenseman on the man advantage is absolutely huge. His footwork on the blue line is a throwback to a guy like Sergei Gonchar. He doesn't have the booming shot, but his vision and mobility are a great asset for a 2nd pairing. I don't think there was ever a time that anyone bemoaned Daley's presence on the power play in Pittsburgh.

Nothing but high praise from many Penguins fans, which is easy after you’ve won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the guy on the team, but the more and more I hear about Daley, the better I feel about this acquisition. We’ll have more on Daley later on today.

UPDATE:

No surprise here, but we’ll have to see what the terms are.

UPDATE 2:

Custance now has more details on the contract from his article in The Athletic Detroit:

The contract also includes a full no-trade clause for the first two years of the contract and a modified no-trade clause for the third year. The deal is front-loaded ($4 million in year one, $3.3 million in year two, $2.2 million in year three), which makes a buyout in year three a possibility if necessary.

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