The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Fabian Brunnstrom to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 with the NHL club and $105,000 with their AHL affiliate.
The 26-year-old Brunnstrom scored three goals in his first four pre-season games while playing on a pro tryout contract. Combined with an injury to Jan Mursak, it was enough to earn a roster spot.
Mursak suffered an ankle injury after sliding full-speed into the boards during the Red Wings exhibition home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Brunnstrom began his NHL career with the Dallas Stars, who signed him as a free agent in May 2008. This past January, he was traded to the Maple Leafs for forward Mikhail Stefanovich and spent the season with the AHL's Marlies, where he racked up four goals and 10 assists over 35 games.
Also on Monday, the Red Wings released veteran forward Ryan Johnson. Johnson was in the Red Wings camp on a professional tryout. He's played in 701 NHL games with Florida, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Vancouver and Chicago.