Andrew Copp Agrees to 5-Year, $28.2M Red Wings Contract After Rangers Stint

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 13:  Andrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Andrew Copp and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to a five-year deal, which will average $5.625 million annually, on Wednesday.

TSN's Darren Dreger initially reported the news.

Copp said on TSN he's looking at the bigger picture with the Red Wings, who have missed the playoffs for the last six years, and he "like[s] where this team is headed."

TSN @TSN_Sports

"It's not just a one or two year decision, it's a five-year decision. I really like where this team is headed, I just want to be a part of it going forward."<br><br>Andrew Copp on joining the Detroit Red Wings. <a href="https://t.co/h1qt8ZKnvh">pic.twitter.com/h1qt8ZKnvh</a>

Broadly speaking, helping an Original Six franchise return to relevancy probably carries a lot of appeal. As a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, signing with the Red Wings likely had an added layer of attraction for Kopp.

He has seen firsthand how a team can make quick progress after prolonged mediocrity.

The 28-year-old was a member of the Winnipeg Jets when they saw their fortunes turn around. Winnipeg snapped a seven-year playoff drought in 2014-15 and reached the conference finals in 2017-18.

The addition of Copp will fortify Detroit's depth up front. He's coming off a career year after totaling 21 goals and 32 assists in 72 games. He also notched 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 20 playoff games.

This move represents a bet on Copp for the Red Wings and Copp betting on himself to some degree. In the Motor City, he'll have the opportunity to show his improvement in 2021-22 was no fluke.

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

Andrew Copp tells ESPN+ he thinks the Red Wings can take the next step and become a playoff team. "I think the sky's the limit for us."

Nolan Bianchi @nolanbianchi

Andrew Copp on ESPN says that his usage with NYR last season allowed his offensive game to flourish. <br><br>"I hope to impact the game in all areas here in Detroit, lead the team to the playoffs, and become a big part."

The Red Wings aren't wasting time addressing other needs in free agency. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported they're "closing in" on a deal with Ben Chiarot.