Red Wings sign Tarasenko to two year deal
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, July 5, 2024

Vladimir Tarasenko hold the Stanley Cup in 2024 (photo courtesy of Wilfredo Lee/AP)

(DETROIT) – Vladimir Tarasenko, who just won his second Stanley Cup with the Florida Panthers, signed a two-year contract Wednesday with the Detroit Red Wings worth $4.75 million annually. Signing Tarasenko is the latest move in what's been a steady offseason for the Red Wings. It started June 30 when they re-signed three-time Stanley Cup winner and 2016 Hart Memorial Trophy recipient Patrick Kane to a one-year deal. Then, they brought back Christian Fischer and Tyler Motte before signing Jack Campbell, Erik Gustafsson and Cam Talbot in free agency. But it also saw the Red Wings, a team that had 13 players with more than 10 goals, lose some of their firepower. Jake Walman was traded to the San Jose Sharks, Shayne Gostisbehere signed with the Carolina Hurricanes and David Perron joined the Ottawa Senators. The multitude of moves left the Red Wings with more than $24 million in projected salary cap space and the reality they could do something later. Shortly after they signed Tarasenko, the Red Wings cleared $4 million in cap space after trading winger Robby Fabbri and a conditional 2025 fourth-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for prospect goaltender Gage Alexander.