Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jakub Kindl on a four-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Kindl, 26, was selected by Detroit in the first round (19th overall) of the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native began his professional career with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and appeared in 237 career AHL games for the Griffins over five seasons from 2005-10, collecting 89 points (13G-76A-89P) and 225 PIM. He was recalled to Detroit and made his NHL debut on December 3, 2009, in a 4-1 loss at Edmonton. The 6-3, 199-lb. blue liner appeared in three games for the Red Wings in 2009-10 before solidifying a spot on Detroit's roster prior to the 2010-11 season. Kindl has skated in 147 career NHL regular season games, all with Detroit, and registered 30 points (7G-23A-30P) and 89 PIM.
Kindl had his best season for the Red Wings in 2012-13. Despite the shortened schedule he posted a career-high four goals, second among Red Wings defensemen, and equaled a career-high with 13 points, tying him for second-best among Detroit rearguards. Kindl also fired a career-best 76 shots on goal and finished second on the team with a +15 rating. He averaged 18:33 of ice time over 41 regular season games played. Kindl made his NHL postseason debut in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks. He skated in all 14 playoff games for the Red Wings, registering five points (1G-4A-5P).