Callahan was sent down to AHL Grand Rapids on Monday. The 25-year-old hasn't done much at the NHL level this season, failing to record a point while averaging 6:48 of ice time across four games. He's been proficient in the AHL, however, scoring 13 goals to go with 22 assists and 32 PIM across 53 contests, so it's clear he needs further seasoning before he'll be able to make an impact with the big club.
Callahan was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday. With agitator Steve Ott off to Montreal, the Red Wings probably wanted to add another physical presence and Callahan certainly fits the bill. The American winger has maintained his physical style of play in the AHL this season but has also become more offensive-minded, as his 22 assists tie a career high. He'll likely slide into a bottom-six role with Detroit if and when he does draw into games.
Callahan was waived by the Red Wings on Saturday, Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News reports. Callahan is shaping up to be a career minor leaguer, having spent the past five seasons almost exclusively with AHL Grand Rapids -- his lone NHL appearance took place in the 2013-14 campaign. A physical winger, Callahan picked up 32 points and 94 PIM in 62 games with the Griffins last season. The 25-year-old is expected to rejoin that club since it's doubtful that he'll get scooped off the waiver wire.
Callahan re-signed with Detroit on Thursday with a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Callahan played one game for Detroit back during the 2013-14 campaign, but has otherwise spent his career in the AHL where he has notched 70 points over the last two years. Barring injuries, there seems to be little indication that the 24-year-old is set for a breakout 2016-17 season and while likely continue to see the bulk of his play time in the minors.
Mitch Callahan signed a one-year (two-way), $600,000 contract with the Red Wings on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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