Kindl: Last Year as a Griff

From Khan(!) last Thursday…

The Wings extended defensive prospect Jakub Kindl, who had one year left on his entry level contract to a 3 year $2.65 mil deal. The 22 year old has played the last two seasons in Grand Rapids, playing in 156 games while accumulating 9 goals and 42 assists to go with 160 penalty minutes. The 6’2 206 lbs blue-liner is expected to quarterback the power-play for years to come.

This will be his last season with the affiliate club in Grand Rapids. Once his new deal kicks in for 2010-2011, his contract becomes 1-way, which means he’ll have to clear waivers before being sent down from the big club. Assistant GM Jim Nill says, “He’s got offensive abilities, now it’s about being a solid defensive player.”

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I’m hoping that Lidstrom doesn’t hang it up after this year…not only because I think that he still has 3-4 good years left in him. But if Kindl can get some quality minutes playing with the Perfect Human, it would be huge for his development. Just look at what playing with Nik did for Johnny Ericsson. With Kronwall, Ericsson, and Kindl locked up for the next few years, the Detroit winning machine’s blue line is looking solid for years to come.

Now if we can just get one of those prospective goalies to pan out…

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