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Eric Tangradi signs for 2 more years with Red Wings

Eric Tangradi of the Detroit Red Wings skates in his first game with the team against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on January 25, 2016. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Eric Tangradi of the Detroit Red Wings skates in his first game with the team against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on January 25, 2016. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have decided to give 27-year-old winger Eric Tangradi a contract extension. 

Tangradi was picked up by Detroit in the 2015 offseason. He has brought size and experience to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound forward has 24 goals and 25 assists through 60 games with the Griffins this season. 

Tangradi was called up briefly by the Red Wings this season. He saw about 7 minutes of ice time in a game against the New York Islanders on Jan. 25 before he was sent back to Grand Rapids. 

A second-round draft pick by the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, Tangradi has struggled to find a permanent spot on a NHL roster. The most big-league action he saw was a couple years with the Winnipeg Jets. Between 2012 and 2014 with the Jets, Tangradi appeared in 91 games and collected 10 points. 

Whether or not the Red Wings organization plans to have him play up in the NHL or keep him with the Griffins is to be seen. Right now he offers size, grit, experience and depth. 


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