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Red Wings re-sign alums Miller, Eaves

July 7, 2010

Former Michigan State standout Drew Miller skated in the NAHL from 2000-03. PHOTO/DAVE REGINEK

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Drew Miller, who played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Capital Centre Pride from 2000-03, to a one-year contract.

Miller, 26, was a sixth-round draft pick (186th overall) of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003. He played parts of three seasons with the Ducks before being traded to Tampa Bay prior to the 2009-10 season.  After 14 games with the Lightning, the club placed him on waivers. The Red Wings claimed Miller on Nov. 11, 2009.

With the Red Wings, Miller logged a career-high 66 games last season, establishing career-highs in goals (10), assists (nine) and points (19).

Miller played three seasons at Michigan State University from 2003-06. In 2005-06, he was named Michigan State’s Most Valuable Player and was selected as the CCHA’s best defensive forward.

Miller's older brother, Ryan, who played in the NAHL with the Soo Indians from 1997-99, is goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres.

The Red Wings also re-signed forward Patrick Eaves, who played in the NAHL as a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2000-02, to a one-year contract.

Eaves, 26, was a first-round draft pick (29th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in 2003. He spent his first four NHL campaigns with the Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes before signing with Detroit for the 2009-10 season.

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