Detroit Red Wings re-sign Filip Zadina to three-year deal

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings put the finishing touches on their 2022-23 roster by re-signing forward Filip Zadina, a restricted free agent, to a three-year deal worth $5.475 million.

Zadina, 22, was one of the early pillars of the Wings’ rebuild when he was drafted sixth overall in 2018. Many thought that night that Zadina would be drafted as high as No. 3 overall; he said he would “fill the net with pucks” of the teams who passed on him.

Since then, the 6-foot, 197-pounder has not provided that once-anticipated scoring punch, scoring 25 goals and 61 points in 160 career games.

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He played in a career-high 74 last season, notching 10 goals and 24 points and was a minus-24. He did see some time among the top two lines and on the power play, but was largely ineffective. The Red Wings signed forwards Andrew Copp, David Perron and Dominik Kubalik this offseason, likely knocking Zadina down the pecking order, especially with a new head coach in Derek Lalonde.

The Red Wings begin training camp on Sept. 23 in Traverse City.

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