DETROIT - An arbitrator has awarded Russia-bound forward Jiri Hudler a two-year deal worth US$5.75 million if he ever returns to play for the Detroit Red Wings.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday the deal gives the 25-year-old Hudler $2.75 million in the first season and $3 million in the second.
Hudler recently signed a $10-million, two-year deal with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, where he will play next season.
The agreement maintains Detroit's rights to Hudler should he return from Russia. Hudler had 23 goals and 34 assists for the Red Wings last season.
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Jiri Hudler was born January 4, 1984 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The first choice, 58th overall selection of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Hudler honed his skills in the Czech Republic before making his North Amerian debut in 2003-04.
A diminutive, yet offensively gifted forward, Hudler spent the better part of his first professional season with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids where he tallied 49 points (17-32-49) in 57 games, while seeing limited action with the parent club in Detroit. He continued to toil in the minors over the next few seasons and went on to lead the Griffins in points (96) during the 2005-06 season. His play earned him a roster spot in 2006-07 where he would go on to play 76 games with the Red Wings and lead the club's rookies in points, goals and assists. In his second full season in Motor City, Hudler bettered his offensive output and was a regular in the 2007-08 playoffs in which he captured his first Stanley Cup.