For the second time in less than an hour, the Red Wings have re-signed one of their non-tendered players. This time, it’s defenseman Gustav Lindstrom as the team announced (Twitter link) that they’ve signed him to a one-year, $950K contract.
Detroit opted not to tender the 24-year-old an offer of just under $1MM yesterday that also would have given him salary arbitration eligibility. That proved to be a wise move considering they were able to get him for less than the qualifier by matching the salary he received last season. Lindstrom will once again be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent next summer.
Lindstrom played in just 36 games last season, dealing with a couple of injuries while also spending time as a healthy scratch. He picked up a goal and seven assists in those appearances but saw his ice time dip to a career-low 14:10 per night.
At the moment, Detroit has just five blueliners under contract for next season but with more than $27MM in cap space at their disposal per CapFriendly, that’s likely to change before too long. Assuming they add a capable veteran or two, it’s likely that Lindstrom will remain in a depth role for 2023-24.