The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Drew Miller to a three-year contract extension worth $1.35 million per season, while the Florida Panthers traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Bobby Butler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since being dealt to the Red Wings from Tampa Bay during the ’009-’10 season, Miller’s become an invaluable part of Detroit’s checking lines, especially on the penalty kill. He earned a nice raise from the $837,500 per season on his recent contract.
As for Brennan and Butler, they’re two players struggling to stick in the NHL. Both were once considered players with promise, but have failed to play up to expectations. Brennan was dealt to Florida this season from Buffalo, while Butler signed with New Jersey last summer, and was dealt by the Devils to the Predators during this past season. Perhaps another change of scenery will work out for both guys.