The Red Wings' first step in free agency was not the big name but an insurance signing.
On Sunday, they signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal.
Jimmy Howard is the starter and Joey MacDonald filled in nicely last season when Howard was injured and Ty Conklin faltered. But MacDonald went down with a back injury late in the season and although he expected to be ready to play, the Wings had to protect themselves in case he was not.
Gustavsson, speaking via conference call with Detroit reporters, said he was glad to land in Detroit after spending the last three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I heard Detroit wanted me, I was happy about that," Gustavsson said. "It's a great team with a lot of history and they always have a good roster."
For his career, Gustavsson is 39-45 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. This past season, the 27-year-old was 17-17 with a 2.92 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and four shutouts.