The Detroit Red Wings have signed Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension on Monday. Fabbri will avoid restricted free agency with the new deal, one that is said to be worth $2.95 million per season over the next two seasons.
Craig Custance of The Athletic reported details of the new deal. It’s a hefty raise over his one-year $900K contract he signed with the St. Louis Blues before getting dealt to Detroit in November.
Selected 21st overall in 2014, Fabbri jumped into the NHL rather quickly. He scored 18 goals and 37 points in his first season with the Blues and led the team in scoring during a long playoff run. The belief was that he would be a big part of the team’s future. Then the wheels fell off after a serious ACL injury.
He missed the second half of his sophomore season, then re-injured the knee that summer and ended up missing the entire 2017-18 season. In total, he was out 20 month and when he returned to the Blues, he was not the player that left. He scored just six points in the following 32 games.
Things Changed in Detroit
During the 2019-20 season Fabrri was sent to Detroit and his game picked right back up again. In his first game he scored two powerplay goals and put up eight points in his first seven games with Detroit. He finished with 31 points in 52 games and the trade to land him became one of GM Steve Yzerman’s best moves after taking over the team.
Fabbri was happy to get an extra year on his deal and have a bit of cushion. He says he’s comfortable in his ability to grow and get better. That should lend well to him having a chance to up his value when these two seasons are over. As for the Red Wings, the deal comes with some control as Fabbri will still be a Restricted Free Agent at the conclusion of this new 2 year extension.
As for what the plans are for him in Detroit next season, Fabbri said his natural position is center but he’s played wing most of his NHL career. He says he’s comfortable anywhere but would prefer playing center because it’s more naturally suited for his style of game.
Congratulations to Fabbri for his new deal and on his recent engagement to his girlfriend.
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