Red Wings sign center Andrew Copp to five-year deal

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings signed center Andrew Copp to a five-year contract today with an average annual value of $5.625 million.

Copp, 28, split the 2021-22 season between the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets, setting career highs in goals (21), assists (32), points (53) and time average on the ice (19:11) while posting a plus-15 differential and 16 penalty minutes in 72 games. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound center had 18 points (8-10-18), a plus-13 differential and eight penalty minutes in 16 regular-season games after being acquired by the Rangers from the Jets on Date transaction limit. March 21th. Additionally, Copp scored 14 points (6-8-14) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games as the Rangers reached the Eastern Conference Finals, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

Originally selected by the Jets in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Copp ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders with 467 games played (7th), 184 points (10th) , a plus-56 differential (3rd), five shorthanded goals (T3rd), and 11 shorthanded points (T3rd) since the team moved from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season. In all, Copp has 202 points (82-120-202), a plus-69 differential and 90 penalty minutes in 483 NHL games since 2014-15, in addition to 26 points (9-17-26) and 16 penalty minutes. in 54 postseason games. He’s posted double-digit goal totals in four straight seasons and 25 or more points in each of his last five campaigns. Copp also had five assists in eight games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in 2016-17.

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Copp played three seasons at the University of Michigan before turning pro, recording 81 points (40-41-81), a plus-11 rating and 67 penalty minutes from 2012-15. Copp captained the Wolverines in his junior season in 2014-15, earning a spot on the Big Ten Second Team All-Star. Copp previously skated with the United States National Team Development Program from 2010-2012. Internationally, Copp represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, scoring one goal, one differential plus three and four penalty minutes in eight games. He was alternate captain at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, recording five assists and a plus-3 rating in five games. Copp won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, collecting one assist in six appearances.

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