Red Wings sign forward Vladislav Namestnikov, adding to free-agent haul

Detroit News

Ted Kulfan
 
| The Detroit News

Detroit — The Red Wings added to their weekend haul of free-agent signings Sunday with another local touch.

Forward Vladislav Namestnikov signed a two-year contract worth $4 million ($2 million salary cap hit).

Namestnikov, 27, is the nephew of former Red Wing Slava Kozlov, is represented by local agent Dan Milstein, and lives in the Detroit area (also lived in the area as a youth).

Namestnikov (6-foot, 183 pounds) was drafted in the first round of the 2011 Entry Draft by current Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman in Tampa, when Yzerman managed the Lightning.

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With the New York Rangers, Ottawa and Colorado last season, Namestnikov had 17 goals and 14 assists in 65 games. Namestnikov had five points (four goals, one assist) in 12 playoff games with the Avalanche.

In 425 NHL games, Namestnikov has 83 goals and 106 assists.

Namestnikov’s father, Evgeny, also played in 43 NHL games (1993-2000).

It’s been a busy weekend for Yzerman, who has restocked the Red Wings roster with numerous veteran free agents, mostly on short-term, no-risk deals.

Namestnikov joins goaltender Thomas Greiss, defensemen Jon Merrill (Grand Blanc/Michigan) and Troy Stecher, and forward Bobby Ryan — as well as defenseman Marc Staal, who was acquired in a trade earlier in the month.

ted.kulfan@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @tkulfan

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