The Red Wings didn’t bother letting Jakub Kindl get to restricted free agency, signing the top blueline prospect to a 3-year, $2.65M extension.
At the NHL level – where Kindl WILL be playing by the 2010-2011 season – his new deal will earn him $750,000 the first year, $850,000 the second, and $1.05M the third. The cap hit for the duration is $883,333. He will remain a restricted free agent upon the contract’s expiration in 2013.
This is an early report, so I haven’t heard any other relevant details yet, but it’s safe to assume that these three years are One-Way, meaning that even if Kindl is demoted to Grand Rapids (unlikely), he’ll still be paid these figures.
This is very clearly a wise signing by the Wings. Many prospect outlets have Kindl listed as the top Wings prospect at any position, and we all know the Wings blueline-centric philosophy. Kindl has yet to get into a regular season game with the Wings (thanks to the surplus of defenseman the last few years), but has made a habit of being one of the final players cut from training camp.
Expect him to be the top call-up for the big squad in 2009-2010.