DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Jiri Fischer to a three-year, $2.9 million contract Wednesday.

The Czech native played last season for Hull of the Quebec Major Junior League.

The contract pays Fischer $975,000 a year, his agent, Jiri Crha, said Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder played in seven exhibition games and was scoreless with four penalty minutes. At Hull last season, he had 22 goals and 56 assists in 65 games. He also had 141 penalty minutes.

Also Wednesday, the Red Wings said they assigned four players to the AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks _ left wing Philippe Audet, center Darryl Laplante and defensemen Maxim Kuznetzov and Jesse Wallin.

The club also released veteran wing Randy Burridge.