On Monday, the Red Wings and Eric Tangradi agreed to a two-year, two-way deal that extends his current spell with the organization to 2017-18.

Tangradi has appeared in only one game this year at the NHL level, yet down in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins the 27-year-old is having his best pro season appearing in 60 games as of this writing with 24 goals, and 25 assists for 49 points in 2015-16, all career highs in the professional ranks.

There is an element of toughness to Tangradi's game, he stands at 6'4" and 233 pounds. He also leads the Grand Rapids Griffins with 64 penalty minutes this year.

Tangradi signed a one-year deal last off season after spending one season in the Montreal Canadiens organization last year, and rather than test free agency again he's opted to stay with the Red Wings.

Tangradi's deal being two way means he will earn a split salary based on where he plays, in the $600,000 range at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level.

The Griffins are currently tied for the lead in the AHL Central Division looking to clinch their fourth straight playoff appearance, which would tie a franchise record.