A Flurry Of Signings For The Red Wings

(DETROIT, MI) – The Detroit Red Wings have announced a number of signings meant to bolster the line-up for the coming season.

In a move said to be worth $3 million, free agent centre Brad Richards, 35, and the Wings have come to terms on a one-year contract. Richards, comes to Detroit after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks last season, and previously hoisted the hardware with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Blueliner Mike Green agreed to terms after being enticed to leave Washington with a three-year deal worth around $18 million.

Signing a two-year pact with the Wings is 26 year-old defenseman Brendan Smith, who decided to extend his stay with Detroit. Smith has been in the line-up the past four seasons and has accumulated 10 goals, 37 assists, and 185 penalty minutes in 195 games.

Grand Rapids prospect Andy Miele, 27, led the farm club in scoring last year with 26 goals and 70 points in 71 games. He agreed to a one-year contract with Detroit.

Also signing for one year is 25 year-old goaltender Tom McCollum. The product of Cambria, NY, appeared in 37 games for the Griffins while getting into two games with the Red Wings, last season.

Down On The Farm

The Detroit Red Wings announced the hiring of Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon as assistant coaches for the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, assistant coach Mike Knuble, goaltending coach Jeff Salajko and video coach Bill LeRoy will reprise their coaching roles with Grand Rapids.

Ramsay, 46 and a native of Dryden, ON, has been the head coach of the Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL and Central Hockey League for the past six seasons, compiling a 185-180-35 record in 400 regular season games from 2009-15.

Simon, 37, recently concluded the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies and helped lead the team to a 40-27-9-0 regular season record. Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round (110th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Simon logged 81 NHL games with Atlanta and Columbus during his 11-year playing career.

Including Knuble, Nelson, and Ramsay, all four of Grand Rapids’ coaches are former Griffins


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