Red Wings sign Wade Megan, Jake Chelios, Harri Sateri to 1-year deal, Chris Terry to 2-year deal

Per the Detroit Red Wings:

DETROIT ADDS MEGAN, TERRY, CHELIOS AND SATERI
… Red Wings Bolster Depth with Two Forwards, One Defenseman and One Goaltender …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with center Wade Megan, defenseman Jake Chelios and goaltender Harri Sateri on one-year contracts and agreed to terms with left wing Chris Terry on a two-year contract.

Megan, 27, spent the last two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. He ranked seventh on the Wolves in 2017-18 with 33 points (11-22-33) alongside a plus-seven rating and 52 penalty minutes in 63 games. In his first year with Chicago, Megan was named to the AHL First All-Star Team after winning the Willie Marshall Award for leading the league in goals, totaling 66 points (33-33-66) in 73 games. He also appeared in four NHL games for the St. Louis Blues over the past two seasons, scoring a goal in his NHL debut on Dec. 22, 2016 at Tampa Bay. In 326 AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates and Wolves since 2012-13, the Canton, N.Y., native has tallied 153 points (78-75-153), a plus-28 rating and 224 penalty minutes.

Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Megan spent four seasons at Boston University in the NCAA from 2009-13 and picked up 83 points (49-34-83) and 161 penalty minutes in 151 games, serving as captain of the Terriers as a senior in 2012-13. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound forward also spent parts of two seasons in the ECHL, racking up 27 points (17-10-27) in 21 regular-season games and 13 points (10-3-13) in 22 postseason games with the Cincinnati Cyclones from 2013-15.

Terry, a veteran of nine professional seasons, posted an AHL career-high 71 points (32-39-71) in 62 games with the Laval Rocket to 2017-18 to win the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league’s leading scorer. Terry led Laval in goals, points, power-play goals (14) and shots on goal (217). The 29-year-old has logged 500 AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, St. John’s IceCaps and Rocket since 2007-08, notching 440 points (183-257-440) and 353 penalty minutes while adding 20 points (11-9-20) in 33 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. He is a two-time AHL All-Star (2012, 2018) and was an AHL First-Team All-Star in 2018 and Second-Team All-Star in 2017. Terry has also appeared in 152 games for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens between 2012-16, recording 38 points (22-16-38) and 34 penalty minutes in 152 games.

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Terry was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound forward spent four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers from 2005-09, where he totaled 289 points (114-175-289), a plus-51 rating and 352 penalty minutes in 253 regular-season games and 46 points (22-24-46) in 46 playoff games, helping the Whalers win an OHL championship in 2006-07. In his final season of major junior hockey (2008-09), Terry was an OHL Third-Team All-Star and won the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy as the team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and the Dan Snyder Trophy as the league’s humanitarian of the year.

Chelios, 27, is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios and has spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, picking up 14 points (4-10-14) in 41 games during the 2017-18 season after a career-high 32 points (4-28-32) in 76 games in 2016-17 to lead all Checkers defensemen. Chelios has appeared in 235 AHL contests with Chicago and Charlotte since 2013-14 and has registered 93 points (16-77-93) and 175 penalty minutes and served as an alternate captain for the Checkers in each of the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman also logged two ECHL stints with the Toledo Walleye and Kalamazoo Wings between 2013-15, picking up five points (2-3-5) in 15 games.

Born in Chicago and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the fifth-year pro is a graduate of Michigan State University, playing 154 games for the Spartans between 2010-14 and totaling 54 points (17-37-54) and 195 penalty minutes. He graduated in 2014 and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention, while leading the Spartans defensemen with 21 points (2-19-21) to win the team’s most outstanding defensive player award. Chelios, who is also a product of the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club, also skated one season for the Chicago Steel in 2009-10 and produced 34 points (12-22-34) and 45 penalty minutes in 52 games.

Sateri, 28, appeared in 29 games for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds and nine games for the Florida Panthers in 2017-18, which was his 10th professional season and fifth in North America. With the Thunderbirds, Sateri posted a 14-9-1 record, 2.30 goals-against average, 0.927 save percentage and four shutouts. The 6-foot, 207-pound native of Toijala, Finland, made his NHL debut for Florida in a relief effort on Jan. 2 at Minnesota, picking up his first win with a 32-save performance on Jan. 30 at NY Islanders. Sateri went 4-4 in nine appearances with the Panthers, posting a 2.92 goals-against average and 0.911 save percentage. In 158 career AHL games with the Worcester Sharks and Springfield, he owns a 62-77-3 record, 2.78 goals-against average, 0.907 save percentage and eight shutouts.

Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Sateri returned to North America in 2017-18 after spending the previous three seasons (2014-17) with Vityaz Podolsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, appearing in 132 games and posting a 52-60-16 record, 2.63 goals-against average, 0.923 save percentage and nine shutouts. Sateri also has professional experience with Tappara Tampere in the top professional league in Finland, logging a 27-34-7 record in 74 games from 2006-10. He has also represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in which he posted a 1.41 goals-against average and 0.939 save percentage in five games for Finland.

 

 

Wade Megan, Center
Born Jul 22 1990 — Canton, NY
Height 6.01 — Weight 194 — Shoots L

Selected by Florida Panthers round 5 #138 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
———————————————————————————
2009-10  Boston University      H-Eas  35    5    7   12   22
2010-11  Boston University      H-Eas  39    8    5   13   32
2011-12  Boston University      H-Eas  39   20    9   29   57
2012-13  Boston University      H-Eas  38   16   13   29   50
2012-13  San Antonio Rampage    AHL    13    1    0    1    0  —  —  —  —  —
2013-14  Cincinnati Cyclones    ECHL   16   13    7   20   11  22  10   3  13  12
2013-14  San Antonio Rampage    AHL    43   11    6   17   18  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  Cincinnati Cyclones    ECHL    5    4    3    7   12  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  San Antonio Rampage    AHL    59    8    5   13   44   3   0   0   0   0
2015-16  Portland Pirates       AHL    75   14    9   23   53   5   0   0   0  10
2016-17  Chicago Wolves         AHL    73   33   33   66   57   5   0   1   1   4
2016-17  St. Louis Blues        NHL     3    1    0    1    0  —  —  —  —  —
2017-18  St. Louis Blues        NHL     1    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —
2017-18  Chicago Wolves         AHL    63   11   22   33   52   3   2   0   2   2
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NHL Totals                     4    1    0    1    0

 

Chris Terry, Left Wing
Born Apr 7 1989 — Brampton, ONT
Height 5.10 — Weight 197 — Shoots L

Selected by Carolina Hurricanes round 5 #132 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2005-06  Plymouth Whalers       OHL    64    9   19   28   72  11   3   2   5   4
2006-07  Plymouth Whalers       OHL    68   22   44   66   98  20   8  10  18  21
2007-08  Plymouth Whalers       OHL    68   44   57  101  107   4   4   3   7   6
2007-08  Albany River Rats      AHL     1    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —
2008-09  Plymouth Whalers       OHL    53   39   55   94   75  11   7   9  16  18
2009-10  Albany River Rats      AHL    80   17   30   47   47   8   2   4   6   0
2010-11  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    80   34   30   64   52  16   6   3   9  14
2011-12  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    74   16   43   59   67  —  —  —  —  —
2012-13  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    70   25   35   60   40   5   2   2   4   8
2012-13  Carolina Hurricanes    NHL     3    1    0    1    0  —  —  —  —  —
2013-14  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    70   28   41   69   62  —  —  —  —  —
2013-14  Carolina Hurricanes    NHL    10    0    2    2    0  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  Carolina Hurricanes    NHL    57   11    9   20   14  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  Charlotte Checkers     AHL     5    1    1    2    4  —  —  —  —  —
2015-16  Carolina Hurricanes    NHL    68    8    3   11   16  —  —  —  —  —
2016-17  St. John’s IceCaps     AHL    58   30   38   68   36   4   1   0   1   4
2016-17  Montreal Canadiens     NHL    14    2    2    4    4  —  —  —  —  —
2017-18  Laval Rocket           AHL    62   32   39   71   45  —  —  —  —  —
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NHL Totals                   152   22   16   38   34

 

Jake Chelios, Defenseman
Born Mar 8 1991 — Chicago, IL
Height 6.02 — Weight 185 — Shoots L

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
———————————————————————————
2009-10  Chicago Steel          USHL   52   12   22   34   45  —  —  —  —  —
2010-11  Michigan State         CCHA   37    8    6   14   34
2011-12  Michigan State         CCHA   39    2    7    9   44
2012-13  Michigan State         CCHA   42    5    5   10   79
2013-14  Michigan State         Big-10 36    2   19   21   38
2013-14  Toledo Walleye         ECHL    7    1    1    2    2  —  —  —  —  —
2013-14  Chicago Wolves         AHL     4    0    1    1    4  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  Chicago Wolves         AHL    41    1   14   15   32  —  —  —  —  —
2014-15  Kalamazoo Wings        ECHL    8    1    2    3    2   4   1   1   2   2
2015-16  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    73    7   24   31   44  —  —  —  —  —
2016-17  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    76    4   28   32   54   5   0   1   1   6
2017-18  Charlotte Checkers     AHL    41    4   10   14   41  —  —  —  —  —
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Harri Sateri, Goalie
Born Dec 29 1989 — Toijala, Finland
Height 6.00 — Weight 207 — Catches L

Selected by San Jose Sharks round 4 #106 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Season   Team           Lge    GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
———————————————————————————-
2008-09  Tappara TampereFIN    22  1253   48   0  2  2.30   6  12   3   560  0.921
2009-10  Tappara TampereFIN    49  2836  129   0  2  2.73  21  22   4  1393  0.915
2010-11  Worcester      AHL     7   351   15   2  0  2.56   1   3   1   167  0.918
2011-12  Worcester      AHL    38  2116  101   5  2  2.86  15  20   1  1002  0.908
2012-13  Worcester      AHL    39  2201  106   4  1  2.89  14  21   3   983  0.903
2013-14  Worcester      AHL    45  2646  130   4  1  2.95  18  24   2  1092  0.894
2014-15  Podolsk Vityaz KHL    45  2603  128   0  3  2.95  17  21   5  1308  0.911
2015-16  Podolsk Vityaz KHL    45  2565  104   0  4  2.43  15  23   6  1365  0.929
2016-17  Podolsk Vityaz KHL    42  2424  101   0  2  2.50  20  16   5  1314  0.929
2017-18  Springfield    AHL    29  1670   64   2  4  2.30  14   9   1   814  0.927
2017-18  Florida        NHL     9   493   24   0  0  2.92   4   4   0   247  0.911

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HSJ grades the Wings’ UFA signings

The Free Press’s Helene St. James offers grades regarding the Wings’ signings of Thomas Vanek, Jonathan Bernier and Mike Green:

D Mike Green

Why: Green, 32, led the Wings defense with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) and 13 power-play points. He and Nick Jensen are the only defensemen on the team who shoot right. Green was the Wings’ best defenseman at times last season (especially in the first half as Danny DeKeyser struggled). Green will run one of the power plays, and he fits in well in the locker room.

Ramifications: The length of the deal means that in two years, Green, Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson’s contracts are all up, creating opportunity for prospects to take on bigger roles or grab a job. Green puts the Wings at six NHL defensemen signed toward 2018-19, leaving room for at least one prospect to take a spot. Filip Hronek has the edge because he had a very good first year of pro hockey (11 goals, 28 assists for 39 points in 67 games with with the Griffins, ran a power play), but 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski is a well-rounded package of skill, skating and size, and could make a push to be first on the call-up list if he starts in Grand Rapids.

Grade: B-.

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Custance: Wings indeed sign Harri Sateri

Per The Athletic’s Craig Custance:

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Harri Sateri to a one-year contract Sunday.

Sateri, 28, is expected to be the top goalie for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. Free agent Patik Rybar will serve as the back-up in all likelihood.

Sateri went 4-4-0, with a 2.92 goals-against average and .911 save percentage last season with the Florida Panthers. He spent most of the season with AHL Springfield, going 14-9-1, with a 2.30 GAA and .927 save percentage.

He spent three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League prior to that.

The Hockey News’s Campbell weighs in on the Wings’ decision to not embrace the tank

The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell weighs in on the Wings’ decision to re-sign Mike Green and to sign Thomas Vanek and Jonathan Bernier:

As you digest the three signings the Detroit Red Wings made to kick off free agent frenzy, there are a couple of things to take into account. First, much of the direction the Red Wings will take next season depends upon the future of Henrik Zetterberg, who will apparently decide on his future after a golf outing with some of his teammates later this month. Second, as long as Ken Holland is GM in the Detroit, the Red Wings will never, ever embrace The Tank.

That much was crystal clear when the Red Wings announced their three signings – defenseman Mike Green at two years with a $5.4 million cap hit, goalie Jonathan Bernier for three year at $3 million per year and Thomas Vanek for one year at $3 million. What you have to realize is that by doing this, the Red Wings may have cost themselves a chance at getting Jack Hughes, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2019 entry draft, particularly if Zetterberg decides to retire and is placed on the long-term injury list. But the way the Red Wings look at it, finishing last is no guarantee of winning the draft lottery and the downside of tanking is your young players are indoctrinated into a culture where losing is acceptable.

So the rebuild is on in Detroit, perhaps not in the way that many of their fans would like, but this is a group that knows it won’t contend for at least another couple of seasons. There are different ways to do this and this is the way the Red Wings are going.

Here’s another thing about the Red Wings. Don’t be surprised if all three of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou are all signed on bridge deals. Larkin will get about $6 million a year on whatever number of years he wants, while Mantha and Athanasiou will get about half of that on shorter-term contracts. That would put the Red Wings over the cap if Zetterberg comes back and they would have to move out a body or two if that happens.

The Red Wings’ approach to sixth overall pick Filip Zadina will be the same as they took with Larkin three years ago. He’ll be in Detroit as long as he’s playing significant minutes and is not a healthy scratch. (For that matter, 30th overall pick Joe Veleno will get a long look in camp.) Otherwise, he’ll either be sent back to junior or go to the American League, an option the Red Wings have open to them with Zadina. In addition to that, center Dennis Rasmussen and defensemen Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski will push for spots, while Tyler Bertuzzi will be in the lineup for a full season.

So the Red Wings are clearly rebuilding on the fly here. It likely won’t get them Jack Hughes, but they won’t be a modern-day version of the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres or Arizona Coyotes, either.

Update: ALSO:

 

Red Wings officially sign Jonathan Bernier, Vanek

Per the Wings:

 

Update: Here’s the Wings’ press release:

Continue reading Red Wings officially sign Jonathan Bernier, Vanek

Caputo doesn’t like the Wings’ UFA signings

Per 97.1 the Ticket:

 

LeBrun: Ouellet likely to land with Habs

Here’s hoping Xavier Ouellet gets the new start he’s been wanting:

Update: Official:

 

The Athletic’s Bultman weighs in on development camp

The Athletic’s Max Bultman weighs in on the Red Wings’ summer development camp this morning:

After​ five days of​ practice, testing​ and more, the​ Red​ Wings’​ development camp​ ended Saturday afternoon the​​ same way it began: with a whole lot of excitement about Filip Zadina.

The No. 6 pick in the 2018 NHL entry draft scored the overtime game-winner in Saturday’s prospect game, then followed it up with a dazzling shootout goal to cap the organization’s prospect week in Detroit.

With the influx of talent from this year’s draft, the camp was a first look at many of the system’s newest top prospects. And while it was intended primarily for development, it still provided some useful insight.

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