The Binghamton Devils got the veteran forward they’ve been waiting for as the NJ Devils have signed Eric Tangradi to a one-year, two-way contract it was announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $650,000/$300,000 for the 29 year-old who spent the last three seasons playing for the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL.
Listed at 6’ 4”, 226 lbs., the Philadelphia, PA native was a 2nd round pick for the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Tangradi has played in 144 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-’11, ‘12, ‘13), Winnipeg Jets (2012-’14), Montreal Canadians (2014-’15) and the Detroit Red Wings (2015-’16).
The move most likely means Nick Lappin should make the big club next season as Tangradi will likely fill his role as a goal scorer for the BDevils. He had 31 goals and 33 assists for 64 points in 74 contests last season for the Griffins which were career highs and second on the club behind Ben Street with 65 points.
Tangradi helped Grand Rapids to the 2017 Calder Cup as he will be entering his 10th season in the pros this fall.