Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Abdelkader signs

The Wings have finally reached a deal with their last restricted free agent, Justin Abdelkader, signing him to a two-year contract.

He’ll make $750,000 this season and $825,000 next season, for an annual salary cap hit of $787,500.

Abdelkader, 23, will battle for playing time on the Wings’ fourth line, along with Darren Helm, Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.

Abdelkader had three goals and three assists in 50 games last season.

He played 33 games with Grand Rapids a year ago as well, scoring 11 goals and 13 assists.