The Detroit Red Wings lost two free-agent defensemen when Garnet Exelby and Logan Pyett signed with new teams earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Pyett signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 with the New York Rangers. The 24-year-old blue-liner was selected with the No. 212 overall selection by the Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has spent the last four seasons playing with the club's minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapid Griffins.
On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins announced that they had reached a one-year, two-way contract with Exelby, which will pay the 30-year-old $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level. Exelby was selected with the No. 217 overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.