Red Wings UFA-to-be Drew Miller should know within the next couple of weeks if he’ll continue to call Motown home when the 2013-14 season rolls around. According to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com the Wings are expected to come to a decision on whether or not they will offer the veteran forward a new contract or let him walk during free agency.
Now although it’s assumed that Miller should come on the cheap end, the biggest hurdle for both sides coming together on a new deal could be the almost overwhelming number of young forwards coming up through the system that could challenge for a roster spot next year.
Regardless, head coach Mike Babcock seems to be a fan of Miller who would also like a return to the team:
“I’m a huge fan of Millsie,” Mike Babcock said. “Millsie’s an important part of this team. When he was out, we missed him … Let’s just watch it all play out.”
“I would like to stay,” Miller said. “I got to talk to Babs and to (general manager) Kenny Holland, figure out what their approach is to coming back
Miller (29) just finished a contract which saw him get paid $850,000 this past season. I would suspect that number to go down or up too much but aside from the young players gunning for a bigger role the Wings also have other UFA and RFA’s to contend with. Dan Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula are set to become UFA’s while Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson who made nice strides during the season are set for restricted free agency.