Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening was a walk-on at the University of Michigan and ended up earning their captaincy. Now, he’s under contract with Detroit through the 2020-21 Season.
After signing a four year, $7.2 million deal ($1.8 million cap hit), he reiterated how fortunate he felt to be back.
“It’s a huge blessing,” Glendening said. “Probably if you would have told me two years ago or three years ago that I’d be sitting here today talking about a four-year extension that I just signed, I probably would have laughed,” he said after signing the extension. “But you just take every day as it comes and every day is a blessing and I’m excited to have my security of my future for a little bit here.”
Known for his penalty killing skills and the ability to get under the skin of the opposition, Glendening has amassed 39 total points the past two seasons, while missing only one regular season game.
In addition, Glendening has also proven himself valuable in the face-off circle, earning a .522 winning percentage.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan native was never drafted but spent time with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL and the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s AHL affiliate. His hard work earned him a call-up by the Red Wings during the 2013-14 Season, and he’s stuck around ever since.
“Just the opportunity presented itself and obviously any chance that I have to stick around Detroit is a huge opportunity for me and I’m excited to have signed it and have the next couple years taken care of,” he said of his new contract.
He admitted to not thinking about testing the free-agent market next summer, when he could have become a free agent. Instead, he wanted to continue to be a part of an organization that gave him a shot, and that he sees as a special group.
“Obviously, the security is really nice but there’s something special about this group of guys here and I wanted to continue to be a part of that,” he said.