DETROIT >> Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil are coming off their best seasons as pros.
On Thursday, the two forwards got rewarded with one-year, two-way contracts to remain in the Detroit Red Wings system.
Callahan, 22, totaled 26 goals and 18 assists in 70 games with Grand Rapids last season. He was also a plus-23.
In 70 games, Nestrasil had 16 goals and 20 assists with the Griffins last season.
Callahan, who was fourth on the team in scoring, will earn $555,000 if he’s with the Wings and $90,000 in the AHL.
Nestrasil, 23, will earn slightly less – $550,000 in the NHL and $82,500. He was fifth on the Griffins in scoring.
Both players are heading into their fourth year in the organization and will be restricted free agents after their deals expire.
If they don’t make the Wings out of training camp they’ll have to clear waivers to be assigned to Grand Rapids.
Callahan made his NHL debut last season, playing one game and not registering a point in just over nine minutes of ice time.
“He creates havoc around the other team’s goalie,” Riley Sheahan said last season of Callahan. “Other teams don’t like playing against him. He’s a great guy to have on the team and he brings a lot of character and I think he’s going to be good for us.”
Callahan has 247 penalty minutes in 189 career games with the Griffins.
His 26 goals last season were a career high. His previous high was 11 in 71 games.
“It’s kind of funny because you look at all the goals, none of them are real pretty,” Callahan said when he was called up. “(I’m) just screening in front of the net, working hard in front of the net. I think I got four or five where the D shot it and it hit me. Just from working hard in front of the net and stirring it up and working hard.”
The Wings still have restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar to get deals down with prior to training camp.