Last season, Riley Sheahan played in 42 games with the Red Wings and 31 with the Griffins. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit The Red Wings have taken care of two of their own, and brought two in from the outside.
Center Riley Sheahan, a restricted free agent, has signed a two-year contract for $1.9 million Tuesday, the first day of NHL free agency. Later in the day, the Red Wings announced they signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $8.5 million deal.
Unable to land any of the big-name (right-handed shooting) defensemen Tuesday, the Red Wings turned back to the left-handed Quincey.
"We needed to have an NHL defenseman," general manager Ken Holland said. "We know Kyle, he's a good guy, he plays a lot of minutes, he's a penalty killer, and he's played well for us."
Quincey, 28, was one of only two Red Wings (Drew Miller was the other) to play all 82 games last season. He had four goals and nine assists, with a minus-5 rating, rebounding from a poor first half to the season.
A 2003 fourth-round pick, Quincey is a sturdy, 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive defenseman who went unsigned most of the day until the Red Wings were spurned by other available free agents.
"We went in looking to add a right-hand defenseman and we felt we made very competitive offers," Holland said. "For various reasons, they chose to go elsewhere."
Sheahan, 22, was called up the middle of last season from Grand Rapids and never looked back.
In 42 games with the Wings, Sheahan had 24 points, with nine goals and 15 assists. He was drafted by them in the first round in 2010 out of Notre Dame.
Quincey played 82 games for the Red Wings last season, finishing with fours goal, nine assists and a minus-5 rating.
The Red Wings also signed goalie Petr Mrazek to a one-year extension, through the 2015-16 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sheahan's signing leaves the Red Wings with two other restricted free agents to sign forward Tomas Tatar and defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
The announcement regarding Sheahan came approximately 90 minutes before the start of unrestricted free agency, where the Red Wings were expected to make some sort of splash.
The Red Wings did sign Northville native Kevin Porter to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
Porter, a left wing, has split the last two seasons between the Buffalo Sabres and the AHLs Rochester Americans. In 12 NHL games last season, the 28-year-old recorded one assist and two penalty minutes, adding 36 points (19-17-36) in 50 AHL contests.
The 5-foot-9, 191-pound forward has appeared in 206 NHL games since 2008-09, tallying 55 points (29-26-55) and 60 penalty minutes.
The Red Wings also signed Andy Miele (Grosse Pointe), who will be sent to Grand Rapids along with Porter.