DETROIT — Jiri Hudler got the money he was looking for, signing a four-year deal worth $4 million a season with the Calgary Flames.
Hudler scored a career-high 25 goals last season to go along with 25 assists and finished a plus-10 in the plus/minus category.
Hudler got the same money Colorado forward David Jones got this offseason. Jones only scored 20 goals and had 17 assists.
Hudler rebounded from a disastrous 2010-11 season, when he scored only 10 goals.
This year he benefited from playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula.
The Wings would have liked to retain him, but probably didn’t go higher than around $3.2 million per season.
It’s the second time Hudler has left Detroit. After the 2008-09 season, he signed a two-year deal with the Dynamo Moscow of the KHL that was rumored to be worth $10 million tax-free.