Red Wings sign goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to two-year, $6M contract

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) watches the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 3, 2021. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)

The Detroit Red Wings have signed goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to a two-year, $6 million contract. The team acquired the pending restricted free agent from the Carolina Hurricanes earlier on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Nedeljkovic broke into the NHL full time this season after originally being a second-round pick in 2014. He made 23 of his 29 career starts this past season, where he posted a .932 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average.

The move gives the Red Wings a replacement for Jonathan Bernier, who was expected to walk in free agency and was traded back to Carolina Thursday. He will provide the Red Wings some stability in a position that has been out of sorts for a few years now. Nedeljkovic will be paired with veteran backup Thomas Greiss next season but should see the majority of the start for the rebuilding Red Wings.

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