WDIV’s Bartkowiak wonders what Filip Hronek’s next contract will look like

WDIV’s David Bartkowiak Jr. offers an analysis of the Red Wings’ re-signing of Jakub Vrana, and Bartkowiak also looks forward to the next big question that the Wings’ management has to face:

We’re waiting to find out defenseman Filip Hronek’s deal. The 23-year-old now has played 167 NHL games — 16 goals and 64 assists. He led the Red Wings in ice time this past season at an average 23:23 per game. He appeared in all 56 games.

If you look around the league at other young defenseman who help anchor the blue line then you might expect a deal for Hronek that pulls $4 million year on a three to five-year term. Obviously the money per season would fluctuate based on term length. I think he’s worth $3-4 million against the cap right now. I would be very surprised to see Yzerman sign him for longer than five seasons, and ideally no more than three. But probably five because he’s only 23.

After the Vrana signing, the Red Wings remain about $20 million below the cap.

Continued; I’d guess that Hronek will earn $3.5-4 million as well.

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