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Callahan, Nestrasil each get one-year, two-way deals to return to Wings’ organization

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.

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Callahan will become the eighth player this season to make his NHL debut for Wings

Mitch Callahan seems like the type of player the Detroit Red Wings need in their lineup.

“He’s hot, he can put the puck in the net,” Riley Sheahan said. “He creates havoc around the other team’s goalie. 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 25 goals, 15 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games this season with Grand Rapids.

He’s the eighth player to make his NHL debut with the Wings this season.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Callahan said. “It’s nice to get reunited with these guys but at the same time it’s the NHL, couldn’t be anymore happier right now.”

Callahan lives with Sheahan and Luke Glendening in Grand Rapids.

“Coming here and seeing guys like (Brendan Smith), (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco, they’re familiar faces so that kind of loosened up the nerves a bit,” Callahan said. “You’re never guaranteed a career in the NHL, so this could be my only game I ever have, so I’m going to take it all in and try to remember the most I can of it.”

He’ll skate on a line with Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson.

His 25 goals this season with the Griffins are a career high. His previous high was 11 last season in 11 games.

“It’s kind of funny because you look at the all the goals, none of them are real pretty,” Callahan said. “(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.”

Glendening, Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro, Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist and Alexey Marchenko are the others to have made their NHL debuts this season with the Wings.

Wings recall Callahan just in case someone can’t go Tuesday in Columbus

DETROIT >> The team recalled Mitch Callahan, 22, from Grand Rapids and sent Landon Ferraro back to Grand Rapids. Callahan is third on the Griffins with 40 points (25 goals, 15 assists) in 66 games.

“We felt we should have an extra body just in case,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “These games are so big, we don’t want to wake up after the skate and find out we’re having to rush to get someone to Columbus from Grand Rapids.”

If he makes his NHL debut Tuesday in Columbus he will be the eighth player to do so this season.

“He’s having a real good year,” Holland said. “He’s gritty. He’s been very, very good down at that level for the last little while.”