Detroit Red Wings Extend Alex Biega

Alex Biega
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 12: Alex Biega #3 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Winnipeg Jets at Little Caesars Arena on December 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have announced that they have signed defencemen Alex Biega to a one-year, one-way extension worth $875,000. This deal covers him through the 2020-21 season. His contract was set to expire at the end of this season and he was expected to be a UFA.

Red Wings Extend Alex Biega

Biega had spent his entire career with the Vancouver Canucks before being dealt to Detroit last year in exchange for David Pope. He has put up four goals and 35 assists for 39 points in 227 career games. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round, 147th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Last season he had a career year putting up two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 41 games.

This season Biega has racked up three assists in 48 games. He also has 24 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 44.3 percent Corsi with a Relative Corsi of -1.7.

What This Means for the Future

Alex Biega may not do much offensively but is going to be a leader for a young Detroit team that’s in the midst of re-build. He’s currently playing on the second pairing alongside Patrik Nemeth. Despite lacking ideal size for a defenceman he plays a solid defensive game. This is a depth move by Detroit heading into next season. Detroit is going to have some choices to make in this off-season as four of their eight defencemen are going to be free agents in the off-season.

With Biega signing his extension with the Red Wings it may give him the opportunity to see some more ice time. Over the past four years he has played in a little over half of the games in the NHL. He was the seventh defenceman with Vancouver while he was there. It will be interesting to see how Biega performs next year after getting an extension with the Red Wings.

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