The Red Wings have signed enforcer Brad May to a one-year deal worth $500,000, this according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
May joined the Red Wings on a tryout during training camp, before being “cut” and accepting a professional tryout with the Griffins. Ken Holland was clear that he wouldn’t make a decision regarding signing May until after the Wings returned from Sweden. Clearly impressed with what he saw from his boys on the ice in Scandanavia, Holland promptly signed Brad May, before Red Bird 1 came to a complete stop at the gate.
CapGeek has the two-way contract valued at 500k in the NHL, and 105k in the AHL.
UPDATE Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare likes the move, and suggested it’s a Grand Rapids move. This morning, Justin Abdlekader was sent down to make room on the NHL roster for May, which sounds the internal alarm. I’m curious about what will happen when Helm is healthy. May is on a two-way, so chances are good he’s the new Downey who goes up and down all year. But if he’s on the team and Helm is sent down (because Helm doesn’t have to clear waivers), I despise this signing. More than I did last night.