Steve Yzerman appears to be wasting little time to start plugging roster spots with free agents — Bruce Garrioch reports that the team is expected to sign veteran forward Bobby Ryan to a one-year deal:
Craig Custance reports that the contract is expected to be worth $1 million.
Ryan, 33 years old, was recently bought out by the Ottawa Senators. The longtime NHLer scored 8 points in 24 games last season. Ryan would presumably be slated into the Red Wings top-six as a scoring specialist, sort of like what they did with Thomas Vanek.
A one-year deal would be a safe bet for Yzerman; if Ryan works out then it gives them a valuable trading asset later in the season. We’ll keep an eye on this as more information surfaces.
UPDATE (12:24pm): Red Wings make the signing official: