Monday, June 25, 2018

Fringe Signings (Jun 25)

On the deadline to qualify restricted free agents, in order to keep their status, the Detroit Red Wings managed to re-sign a couple of potential RFAs in Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday.

Bertuzzi earned himself a 2-year, $2.8 million deal after appearing in 48 games, scoring 7 goals and 24 points, scoring at half a point-per-game, which would be good for hockey pool status, if he had played the full season.  He will be one to watch for a late round pick in next year's draft, especially given the low point totals from 2018, he could slip under the radar.

It was believed that Frk wasn't going to be qualified as an RFA, but it looks like that may have been a strong tactic by the Red Wings to get the deal done, signing a 1-year, $1.05 million deal.  Something like that deal would suggest that the team has hopes that he'll be in the lineup on opening night, in a regular spot.  He played in 65 games for the Wings last season, scoring 11 goals and 25 points, but there might be the expectation of more, especially if he wants a new deal next year.
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