The Red Wings have agreed to a 6-year deal reportedly worth $5.25 million per season with free agent center Frans Nielsen.
Nielsen is a two-way center who has scored an average of 20 goals a season with the Islanders the last three years. He is 32 years old.
Detroit lost Pavel Datsyuk to Russia earlier this month. Ken Holland traded Datsyuk's contract to Arizona to free up cap space.
Nielsen provides a secondary fix to the defensive strengths Datsyuk provided.