Red Wings Sign Robby Fabbri, First of Three Must-Have Restricted Free Agents
Fabbri is the first of the three restricted free agents that need to be re-signed by the Red Wings. The other two are Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi. Fabbri was arguably the lone bright spot on the Red Wings roster that only won 17 games during the 2019-20 season.
The Red Wings acquired Fabbri via a trade with the St. Louis Blues during the early stages of last season. He was traded for left-winger Jacob De la Rose, who is only 25-years-old. De la Rose only scored two goals and seven assists in 50 games for the Blues and Red Wings combined. In 52 games with the team, the 24-year-old Fabbri tallied 14 goals and 17 assists for a total of 31 points. On the other hand of the statistical spectrum, Fabbri had a plus/minus of minus-29.
Fabbri is Red Wings Nominee for Masterton Trophy
Fabbri is the Red Wings’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy this season. This trophy is given to the player “who best exemplifies qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Fabbri missed 31 games after a hit by then Pittsburgh Penguin Carter Rowney which injured Fabbri’s ACL in his left knee.
Then, Fabbri would re-injure the same ACL in training-camp before the next season. For a player to persevere and come back from the same knee injury twice just shows how much he must love the game of hockey. Fabbri also needed a fresh start given the fact that the Blues have so much talent on their roster.
Lastly, the two-year contract extension that the Red Wings have signed Robby Fabbri is a good deal for the Detroit Red Wings. They can have him prove that he wants to be on this team when they begin to compete for playoff spots again. In the short-term, he will get the chance to help them rebuild.
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