Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced that the club has re-signed forward Drew Miller to a three-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Miller, 29, was originally a sixth-round selection (186th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He played parts of three seasons in Anaheim and was a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team before a trade sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 13, 2009. Miller was released by the Lightning after playing just 14 games for the club and was immediately claimed off waivers by Detroit on November 11, 2009. The 6' 2", 178-lb. forward has been in a Red Wings sweater since, appearing in 257 regular season games for Detroit over the last four seasons, registering 70 points (38G-32A-70P) and a +1 rating. He has posted seven points (3G-4A-7P) and a +6 rating in 32 postseason contests with the Red Wings.
Miller skated in 44 games for Detroit in 2012-13, collecting eight points (4G-4A-8P) while earning valuable ice time as one of the team's top penalty killers. He missed the last four games of the regular season and the first eight games of the playoffs recovering from a broken hand suffered while blocking a shot on April 20 at Vancouver. Upon his return, Miller appeared in six postseason games for the Red Wings collecting two points (1G-1A-2P) including the game-winning goal in Detroit's 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals. Miller's career NHL totals include 85 points (44G-41A-85P) in 324 regular season games and 10 points (5G-5A-10P) in 48 postseason games.
Prior to his professional career, Miller played three seasons at Michigan State University from 2003-06. Following his junior season he was named Michigan State's Most Valuable Player and was selected as the CCHA's best defensive forward.