Red Wings re-up with Russo for two more years

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The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Robbie Russo on a two-year contract.

Russo, 24, skated in 58 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2016-17, picking up seven goals, 25 assists and a plus-15 rating in 58 regular-season games and earning a spot at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

Russo also appeared in 19 postseason games with the Griffins, registering seven assists to help the team to the 2017 Calder Cup championship.

The 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman also made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on March 7 at Toronto and appeared in each of the team’s final 19 games, averaging more than 16 minutes per game.

A member of the AHL All-Rookie Team and a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2015-16, Russo has totaled 12 goals and 59 assists for 71 points along with a plus-55 rating in 129 AHL games over his first two pro seasons.