Detroit Red Wings re-sign Luke Glendening, sign Filip Hronek
The Detroit Red Wings made two signings yesterday, re-signing Luke Glendening to a four-year extension for $7.2 million and signing their second round pick Filip Hronek to a three year entry level contract. Glendening has been with the team since 2013-2014 and has been a good third/fourth line center and has been a good defensive forward on the team. Luke Glendening has scored 21 goals, 25 assists for 46 points in his time with the Red Wings with a /- of 1.
Filip Hronek has 36 goals, 83 assists for 119 points with a /- of 31 in his career since 2011. Hronek is a solid second round pick for the Red Wings and a good addition to the team as Detroit needs some help on the defensive front. If he can play a year in Grand Rapids, develop fast, he could contribute in 2017, but don’t expect him to hit the ice with the winged wheel on until 2018.
Back to Luke Glendening, the former Michigan Wolverine had his best year last season getting a career high 21 points and only missed one game. Surprisingly he was second on the team in hits with 143, and had 71 blocked shots, along with 20 takeaways. Glendening is a good defensive player and someone that can give people mishaps on the offensive side of the puck. Detroit made the right move by extending his contract now as Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek are about to go into arbitration and Ken Holland and the rest of the front office won’t want another player to go there next season.
If Detroit is getting a little bit ahead of the game with resigning Glendening a year early, they may want to take a look at Brendan Smith, a defenseman who is still young and could be good to have on the team for a few more years. While he doesn’t put up points or assists, he can play defense well and he is a scrappy character, something Detroit doesn’t really have on the defensive side and besides Abdelkader and Ott, nobody else on the team likes to get a little physical.