GRAND RAPIDS - The Detroit Red Wings have resigned two defenseman for organizational depth.
Dylan McIlrath, picked up at the trade deadline, and Brian Lashoff were each signed to two-year contracts today. Each contract is a two-way deal for $650,000/$275,000 for NHL/minors salary.
Lashoff, who turns 27 in July, has been with the Red Wings organization since 2008. He holds the distinction of making his NHL debut on January 21, 2013, when he drove from Grand Rapids to Columbus to fill in for Jonathan Ericsson after he got injured during practice. Lashoff scored his first NHL goal that night.
Lashoff has spent the majority of his time in the Red Wings organization with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He just won his second Calder Cup with them this month.
McIllrath, 25, was acquired in February in part of the deal that sent Thomas Vanek to Florida. A former 10th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft (by the New York Rangers), McIlrath provides a calming influence on the ice because of his 6-foot-5, 236-pound frame. Wings management likes that McIlrath will be able to help make room on the ice for defense prospects Vili Saarijarvi and Filip Hronek next season.
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