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Jets, Tangradi avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.35M deal

Jul 16, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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Winnipeg has avoided a salary arbitration hearing with RFA forward Eric Tangradi, inking him to a two-year, $1.35 million deal on Tuesday.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Tangradi will make $650,000 this year and $700,000 the next — down slightly from the $726,000 he made on his last deal.

Tangradi, 24, was acquired from Pittsburgh in February and appeared in 36 games with the Jets last season, scoring 1G-3A while racking up 22 PIM.

A former scoring sensation with OHL Belleville, the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Tangradi has failed to carve himself a niche at the NHL level.

He was a solid scorer in the AHL (60 goals in 178 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) but has found the net just once in 81 career NHL games.

Tangradi was set to go to arbitration on Tuesday, July 23.

  1. jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    the dude was snakebitten in pittsburgh, he got plenty of games in and plenty of chances, just never got the puck in the back of the net. this is probably his best chance to get some minutes and score some goals or at least establish some kind of a role. he should be a good front of the net guy and he fits the mold to be a power forward, he just hasnt found his scoring touch to go with it.

    • claudegirwho - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      He’s not snake bitten he’s just horrible. He can’t skate to save his life and has cinder blocks for hands. He won’t ever pan out at the NHL level because the game is just too fast for him.

  2. killerpgh - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I always like Tangradi. Never really thought he got a legit shot in Pgh. It was almost always 4thliner 6-8 minutes a night. Even when he would finally get a chance on the top 2 lines it would be short lived for a shift or two. But after watching him a few times with the Jets getting better minutes he still doesn’t look any better.
    He never seemed to be the same player after getting attacked with a flying elbow to the back of the head and then the attack continued while he was defenseless laying on the ice concussed from the worthless piece of trash,Trevor Gillies, a few years back on Long Island.

    • claudegirwho - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Why would you keep him on the top two lines when by the time he made it into the o-zone the puck was going the other way and vice versa? He was also never ready for any passes that were made to him that were even tap in goals cause he wouldn’t keep his stick on the ice.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        i dont know how many times i was left shaking my head because of easy goals he found a way to screw up. i figured some of it was lack of confidence or just bad luck, but he was not short on opportunity

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