The Red Wings re-signed RFA defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a 2 year contract. Ouellet will earn a total of $2.5M over the next two seasons.
Xavier Ouellet signs 2 year deal with #RedWings. AAV of 1.25 Million.— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) July 3, 2017
The Red Wings entered July with three key RFAs they needed to sign, and with this deal, they take care of the easiest of the three.
It’s a fair value deal for both the team and Ouellet. The team did well in that the AAV is fair, if not a little under market value. He will also be an RFA when this contract expires.
Ouellet is a totally reasonable depth signing at a very reasonable AAV. It's a good move. pic.twitter.com/MAPbwa8Pvg— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) July 3, 2017
Ouellet will get a chance to prove that he deserves a longer deal when his contract is next up for negotiation.
With the easy contract out of the way, we now shift our attention to Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. Ansar Khan reports that Tatar will likely file for arbitration on Thursday.
#RedWings close to deal w/ RFA Xavier Ouellet. Not w/ Tatar and Athanasiou. Tatar likely to file for arbitration Thurs., expedites process.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 3, 2017
Right now, the Wings seem to be on track to sign all three. Even though Tatar is filing for arbitration, that’s not necessarily a sign that it will be a contentious negotiation. It’s a pretty standard course of events for an RFA of his level.
The question mark remains Athanasiou. With the explosive offense he brings, he may feel he should get more than what Detroit offers. He doesn’t have arbitration rights, but he could hold out.
Just to be clear, there’s no point in getting worried just yet. There hasn’t been any signs of Athanasiou thinking about doing something like that. It’s the worst case scenario from the team’s perspective, and just because it’s possible, doesn’t make it likely.
At the end of the day, Detroit did well on this signing.