Red Wings sign Bernier, Vanek as free agents
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, left, signs a three-year deal; Thomas Vanek returns to Detroit on a one-year contract.
As expected, the Red Wings signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier and right wing Thomas Vanek as free agents on Sunday, the first day free agents could sign with other teams.
Detroit signed Bernier to a three-year, $9-million contract, for a salary cap hit of $3 million annually.
Bernier, who turns 30 on Aug. 7, was 19-13-3 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage with the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18 as he made $2.75 million on a one-year deal. He previously played for Anaheim, Toronto and Los Angeles.
Vanek, 34, is a familiar face for the Wings. He played in Detroit for most of the 2016-17 season, in which he had15 goals and 23 assists in 48 games before he was traded to Florida at the deadline for a third-round pick.
He signed a one-year deal for $3 million. It features a full no-trade clause, Vanek's agent, Scott Bartlett, tweeted. So Vanek won't be dealt unless he agrees to a move.
Vanek had 24 goals and 56 points in 80 games last season, which he split between Vancouver and Columbus.
The Red Wings also signed four players for their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Goalie Harry Sateri, 28, who agreed to a one-year contract, is expected to be Grand Rapids’ No. 1 goaltender. He was 4-4-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .911 save percentage last season with the Florida Panthers. He spent most of the season with AHL Springfield, going 14-9-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .927 save percentage.
The Red Wings also agreed to terms with center Wade Megan and defenseman Jake Chelios on one-year deals and left wing Chris Terry on a two-year contract.
Terry, a veteran of nine professional seasons and a former Plymouth Whaler, posted an AHL career-high 71 points (including 32 goals) in 62 games with the Laval Rocket in 2017-18 to win the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL's leading scorer. Terry led Laval in goals, points, power-play goals (14) and shots on goal (217). The 29-year-old has logged 500 AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, St. John's IceCaps and Rocket since 2007-08.
Megan, 27, spent the last two seasons with the AHL Chicago Wolves. He ranked seventh on the Wolves in 2017-18 with 33 points (including 11 goals). Megan also appeared in four NHL games for the St. Louis Blues over the past two seasons.
Chelios, 27, the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios, has spent the last three seasons with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, picking up four goals and 14 points in 41 games during the 2017-18 season.