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Detroit Red Wings sign Michael Rasmussen with 4-year deal worth $12.8m

Michael Rasmussen notches double-digit goals for third straight season, hitting a career-high of 29 points last year

By Web Desk
February 21, 2024
Forward Michael Rasmussen. — NHL
Forward Michael Rasmussen. — NHL

The Detroit Red Wings have solidified their future by signing forward Michael Rasmussen to a substantial four-year contract extension worth a total of $12.8 million. 

The 24-year-old center, known for his consistency and physicality on the ice, has been a pivotal player for the team, contributing 23 points, including 11 goals and 12 assists, in 55 games this season.

Coach Derek Lalonde commended Rasmussen's impact, highlighting his ability to drive a line and be a formidable force on the wing. 

Lalonde said, "Consistency, hard to play against. When he's at his best, (he) loves to pitch in on offense (and) his physicality." 

Lalonde stressed Michael Rasmussen's role in driving his teammates and his proficiency in playing a predictable, simple game that is easy to build off.

Michael Rasmussen, a towering 6-foot-6, 220-pound player, has reached double digits in goals for the third consecutive season and achieved a career-high of 29 points last season. 

The forward, initially the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft by Detroit, has accumulated an impressive 109 career points (47 goals, 62 assists) in 293 games with the Red Wings.

The signing comes as a strategic move for the Red Wings, securing a key player in their lineup as they currently hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.