Red Wings sign Drew Miller to 3-year extension

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The key cog on the Red Wings' fourth line will return at a fairly reasonable price.

One of the reasons the Detroit Red Wings were able to push the Chicago Blackhawks to seven games in the Western Conference Semifinal was because they could roll four lines, and the fourth line was often exceptional. Today, the Red Wings made an effort to keep that group intact.

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Detroit has signed winger Drew Miller to a three-year, $4.05 million extension, according to's Red Wings beat writer Ansar Khan. His cap hit is reportedly $1.35 million per season. The 29-year-old forward contributed four goals and eight points in an injury-shortened (in addition to the other, labor war shortening) 2012-13 season. He returned by Game 2 of the Chicago series and contributed a goal and an assist.

Miller is a solid defensive forward with -- as his numbers would indicate -- a bit of offensive talent. His salary will increase from $850,000 last season to $1.35 million for the next three.

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