After losing Pavel Datsyuk this offseason, the Detroit Red Wings seem set to continue their internal build when it comes to their youthful core. Part of that build includes signing Luke Glendening – a 27-year-old forward who’s spent three seasons with the Wings.
Glendening first signed as a free agent with the Wings’ AHL affiliate – the Grand Rapids Griffins in June 2012. Since then he’s played 219 regular season games for the big club, including missing just one game over the past two seasons.
While he hasn’t quite developed into an offensively threatening player, his 46 points (21g-25a) in 219 games shows that he still has a knack for putting the puck in the net. To add to that, he brings 17 games of NHL playoff experience with five points (3g-2a) to show for it.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Glendening played four seasons at the University of Michigan before finally getting his shot at the NHL.
His new deal will kick in for the 2017-18 season and will carry him through the 2020-21 season. According to Cap Friendly, the deal is a four-year contract reportedly worth $7.2-million. His annual cap hit with the new contract will be $1.8 million.
Glendening is set to earn $628,333 in 2016-17 – nearly $1.2 million less than he’ll see when his new contract kicks in.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.