Red Wings Sign Former Maple Leaf Forward, One Day After PTO Release

One day after being released from his PTO with the Carolina Hurricanes, forward  Zach Aston-Reese has found a new gig, signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. 

It's a two-way contract for the 29-year-old forward, worth $775,000 at the NHL level, with a $350,000 guarantee, per Insider Frank Seravalli. Aston-Reese will be placed on waivers Sunday with the intention of assigning him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, though the possibility exists that he still could be claimed by another team.

Aston-Reese scored 10 goals in 77 games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and served well on the penalty kill.  

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh on March 14, 2017, he spent his first 4 ½ seasons in the NHL with the Penguins. In all, he's notched 80 points on 42 goals, 38 assists, with an impressive plus-33 rating 307 career games. He also showed strong two-way play while in the AHL in his earlier career, with a plus-26 rating across 62 games. 

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