Red Wings sign D Trevor Daley to $9.5 million, 3-year deal

Confirming nearly week-long reports, they’ve signed Trevor Daley to a 3-year contract worth $9.534 million ($3.178 per year average).The Red Wings are also expected to sign defenseman Luke Witkowski at some point today.The move comes paired with the signing of veteran defenseman Trevor Daley from the Pittsburgh Penguins. In some ways, he’ll fill the void left by Brendan Smith: a puck-mover who can trigger the breakout up ice.”Off the ice, they’re (Detroit) getting one of the best guys I came across in my 17 years in the National Hockey League as a person”, Frank Provenzano told The Athletic. “It’s because of who Trevor is”. “I know they are willing and ready to get back to where they should be”.If Daley performs well on a mediocre Detroit team, which feels like a real possibility, the Wings will have an asset to shop at next year’s trade deadline, á la Thomas Vanek this year.The 27-year-old Witkowski played in a career-high 34 games last year for the Tampa Bay Lightning and had four points.The Witkowski signing is much less significant, but still addresses a team need. “They had a little bit of a setback previous year”. In 29 games, Daley was unable to record a goal and posted only six assists. The deal is front-loaded ($4 million in year one, $3.3 million in year two, $2.2 million in year three), which makes a buyout in year three a possibility if necessary.He is a native of Holland, Mich., who played four seasons at Western Michigan, including 2010-11 for Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.The Red Wings suffered in a major way in terms of offensive production from the blue line last season.