Red Wings prospect news: Griffins keep the peace, keep rolling; Wheaton returns

Amongst this morning's Red Wings prospect-related news: The Grand Rapids Griffins possess a remarkable 17-4-1-1 record, and that record stands despite having dealt with both a revolving personnel door due to the Red Wings' injury situation and an influx of AHL demotions which have pushed the Griffins to involuntarily sit 2 and sometimes 3 of their 7 "veteran"...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan happy to be ‘stuck’ in GR

The Grand Rapids Griffins will receive their Calder Cup Championship rings in short order, and the fact that the team chose to retain veteran players Nathan Paetsch, Brennan Evans, Triston Grant and Jeff Hoggan--despite slim-to-nil chances of the latter three playing for the team's NHL affiliate--speaks both to the team's ability to convince veterans to "buy in"...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Assessing the state of the Grand Rapids Griffins, with an emphasis on foundational (veteran) players

The Grand Rapids Griffins made some superb moves to ensure that as many veteran players from the team's Calder Cup-winning playoff run will remain in tow for the upcoming season, re-signing captain Jeff Hogan, defenseman Nathan Paetsch, forward Triston Grant and defenseman Brennan Evans, and alleviating something of a logjam on the blueline by allowing Brett Skinner to walk while...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins to re-sign captain Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch

I jumped the gun in assuming that the Grand Rapids Griffins had brought back one of the AHL-only contracted vets who played for the Grififns during their Calder Cup run in in defenseman Nathan Paetsch a couple days ago--when the team re-signed Triston Grant and Brennan Evans instead... But now I don't have to worry about getting it wrong. According to Fox 17's Steve Amorose...
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins win Game 6, capture Calder Cup

It was close and sometimes a harrowing experience to watch, but the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 1-0 deficit and took a 2-1 lead, surrendered a tying goal in the 3rd, and received the game-winner from stay-at-home defenseman Brennan Evans (and some ridiculous saves from Petr Mrazek)... And Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson's empty-net goals sealed the deal, giving the...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins take Game 1 of Calder Cup Final 3-1 over Syracuse Crunch

The Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 of the AHL's Calder Cup Final was what you might expect from a team that was coming off a seven-game series (Grand Rapids) playing against a rested-to-rusty team (Syracuse): a bit of a rope-a-dope win involving some superb goaltending by Petr Mrazek (28 saves), some clutch goals and a bit of luck. The...
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings prospect news: Griffins prepare for Western Conference Finals; training camp tix news

While the Red Wings are preparing to battle the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, the Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, are preparing to host the Oklahoma City Barons in the first two games of the AHL's Western Conference Finals, which willt ake place at Van Andel Arena on Friday and Saturday night. As the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, the Wings players...
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May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins sign yet another veteran to AHL contract in Brennan Evans

Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins have signed a fifth player to an AHL-only contract, with Brennan Evans joining Chad Billins, Nathan Paetsch, Triston Grant and Luke Glendening: The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed veteran defenseman Brennan Evans to a one-year contract. Evans, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Peoria Rivermen, recording 21 points (5-16...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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