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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – This is your one-stop, authoritative source for information on who could play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2019-20, who is unsigned, and where former players and coaches will be this fall.

Starting with Grand Rapids' season-ending roster then adding recent Detroit Red Wings draft picks and other new signees to the organization, here are the players who could play for the Griffins next season, unless they make the Red Wings’ roster or are assigned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. (Note: This list excludes all 2018-19 Detroit players who were not on the Griffins’ playoff roster, as well as the Red Wings' 2019 draft class.)

Under Contract for 2019-20 (Contract)
D Dennis Cholowski (DET)
D Marcus Crawford (GR)
D Charle-Édouard D’Astous (GR)
F Christoffer Ehn (DET)
F Turner Elson (DET)
F Matthew Ford (GR)
G Kaden Fulcher (DET)
D Joe Hicketts (DET)
D Filip Hronek (DET)
D Oliwer Kaski (DET)
F Josh Kestner (GR)
G Filip Larsson (DET)
D Brian Lashoff (DET)
D Gustav Lindstrom (DET)
F Troy Loggins (GR)
F Jarid Lukosevicius (GR)
F Gregor MacLeod (GR)
D Alec McCrea (GR)
D Dylan McIlrath (DET)

G Pat Nagle (GR)
F Chase Pearson (DET)
G Calvin Pickard (DET)
F David Pope (DET)
F Matt Puempel (DET)
D Vili Saarijarvi (DET)
F Dominik Shine (GR)
F Givani Smith (DET)
F Tyler Spezia (GR)
F Evgeny Svechnikov (DET)
F Chris Terry (DET)
F Dominic Turgeon (DET)
F Joe Veleno (DET)
F Filip Zadina (DET)

Bold indicates AHL veteran status for 2019-20, meaning he has played 261 or more games in the NHL, AHL and European Elite Leagues. AHL teams may dress no more than six veterans each game, not including goalies.


Seven players from the 2018-19 Griffins became restricted free agents at season's end. The Red Wings retained their rights to several by extending qualifying offers on June 25, while those who did not receive qualifying offers subsequently became unrestricted free agents.

Restricted Free Agents - Detroit
F Martin Frk - Signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles on July 1
D Joe Hicketts - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit on July 17
F Axel Holmstrom – Signed a two-year contract with HV71 (SHL/Sweden) on April 30
G Patrik Rybar - Signed a one-year contract with Karpat (Liiga/Finland) on July 1
F Dylan Sadowy - Signed with Utica on July 30
D Libor Sulak – Signed with Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) on June 4
F Dominic Turgeon - Re-signed a one-year contract with Detroit on July 26


The following players became unrestricted free agents on July 1 and are free to sign with any organization.

Unrestricted Free Agents (Contract)
F Colin Campbell (GR)
F Carter Camper (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Utica on July 2
D Jake Chelios (DET) - Signed a two-year contract with Kunlun (KHL) on May 23
D Trevor Hamilton (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Graz (EBEL/Austria) on June 24
F Derek Hulak (GR)
F Wade Megan (DET) - Retired on Aug. 1
F Bryan Moore (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Cleveland on July 15
G Pat Nagle (GR) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on June 27
G Harri Sateri (DET) - Signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) on May 27
F Dominik Shine (GR) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on June 29
F Jordan Topping (GR)


Finally, these are the transactions involving Griffins alumni that have taken place. Check back often to see where your favorites will be playing and coaching in 2019-20.

Aug. 19
Sebastien Piche (2009-12) - Signed a tryout with HC Dynamo Pardubice (Tipsport Extraliga/Czech Republic)
Eric Tangradi (2015-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Bars Nur-Sultan (KHL)

Aug. 16
Trevor Yates (2017-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Reading (ECHL)

Aug. 10

Clay Wilson (2005-06) - Signed with Donbass Donetsk (Ukrainian Hockey League)

Aug. 7

Chris Carlisle (2018-19) - Signed with MAC Ujbuda (Tipsport Liga/Slovakia)

Aug. 1

Wade Megan (2018-19) - Retired

July 31

Shane Berschbach (2014-15) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Toledo (ECHL)

July 30

Pat Ferschweiler (AC 2014-15) - Named associate head coach of Western Michigan (NCHC)
Dylan Sadowy (2016-19) - Signed with Utica

July 29

Matt Finn (2018-19) - Signed with Linz (EBEL/Austria)
Tyler Redenbach (2007-08) - Signed a one-year contract with Oji (Asia League/Japan)

July 26

Dominic Turgeon (2016-19) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Detroit

July 24
Travis Ehrhardt (2009-12) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Glasgow (EIHL/Scotland)

July 23
Marek Tvrdon (2013-16) - Signed with Penza (VHL/Russia)

July 19

Mitch Callahan (2011-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Augsburg (DEL/Germany)

July 17

Spiros Anastas (AC 2012-14) - Named head coach of Brampton (ECHL)
Chris Conner (2011-12) - Signed a one-year contract with Binghamton
Joe Hicketts (2016-19) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

July 15

Evan McGrath (2006-10) - Retired
Bryan Moore (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Cleveland

July 10
Jared Coreau (2013-18) - Signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders

July 9
Mike Hedden (2010-11) - Signed a one-year contract with Allen (ECHL)

July 7
Adam Almquist (2011-14) - Signed with Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)

July 5
Jakub Kindl (2005-11;14-16) - Signed a one-year contract with Kolner Haie (DEL/Germany)
Nathan Paetsch (2012-17) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Rochester

July 2

Carter Camper (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Utica
Patrick McCarron (2016-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Florida (ECHL)
Andy Miele (2014-16) - Signed a two-year contract with Arizona
Dan Renouf (2015-18) - Signed a two-year contract with Colorado (NHL)

July 1

Kyle Criscuolo (2015-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Philadelphia
Valtteri Filppula (2005-07) - Signed a two-year contract with Detroit
Martin Frk (2013-17;18-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles
Tomas Jurco (2012-14;15-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Edmonton
Tom McCollum (2009-16;17-18) - Signed with Hartford
Petr Mrazek (2012-15) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Carolina
Chris Mueller (2007-08) - Signed a one-year contract with Tampa Bay
Zach Nastasiuk (2013-18) - Signed with San Antonio
Tomas Nosek (2014-17) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Vegas
Gustav Nyquist (2010-14) - Signed a four-year contract with Columbus
Patrik Rybar (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Karpat (Liiga/Finland)
Tyler Spezia (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids
Jason Spezza (2001-02) - Signed a one-year contract with Toronto (NHL)
Ben Street (2016-18) - Signed a one-year contract with New Jersey

June 29

Alan Quine (2011-12) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Calgary
Dominik Shine (2016-19) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids

June 27

Pat Nagle (2014-19) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids

June 24
Gleason Fournier (2011-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Cardiff (EIHL/Wales)
Trevor Hamilton (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Graz (EBEL/Austria)

June 22

Francis Pare (2008-13) - Signed with Dinamo Minsk (KHL)

June 18

Kyle Bonis (2014-15) - Signed a one-year contract with HKM Zvolen (Tipsport Liga/Slovakia)

June 17

Drew MacIntyre (2004-06) - Signed a one-year contract with Oji (Asia League/Japan)

June 14

Eddie Pasquale (2016-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Bars Nur-Sultan (KHL)

June 13

Kevin Porter (2014-15) - Signed a one-year contract with Rochester

June 11

Luke Esposito (2017-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Bakersfield

June 10

Kevin Tansey (2018-19) - Signed with Orli Znojmo (EBEL/Czech Republic)

June 6
Mattias Janmark (2013-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Dallas
Robbie Russo (2015-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Arizona

June 4

Libor Sulak (2017-19) - Signed with Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)

June 3

Tylor Spink (2016-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Assat (Liiga/Finland)

June 2

Julien Vauclair (2001-02) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Lugano (NLA/Switzerland)

May 27
Xavier Ouellet (2013-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Montreal
Harri Sateri (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)

May 25

Josef Fojtik (2007-08) - Retired

May 23
Jake Chelios (2018-19) - Signed a two-year contract with Kunlun (KHL)

May 15

Jordan Owens (2009-11) - Signed with Melbourne (AIHL/Australia)
Bruce Ramsay (1996-99; AC 2015-18) - Named head coach of Wichita (ECHL)

May 9
Dylan McIlrath (2016-19) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

May 7

Matt Caito (2016-17) - Signed with KooKoo (Liiga/Finland)

May 3

Chad Billins (2012-13) - Signed with Adler Mannheim (DEL/Germany)
Sebastien Piche (2009-12) - Re-signed with HC Litvinov (Tipsport Extraliga/Czech Republic)

May 2

Joel Chouinard (2014-16) - Retired

April 30
Axel Holmstrom (2016-19) - Signed a two-year contract with HV71 (SHL/Sweden)

April 12
Tyler Barnes (2014-15) - Retired
Jeff Campbell (2006-07) - Retired
Brent Kelly (2004-05) - Retired

April 11
Cory Emmerton (2006-11;13-14) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Lausanne HC (NLA/Switzerland)
Jonas Gustavsson (2012-13;14-15) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Linkoping HC (SHL/Sweden)

April 9
Zack Torquato (2007-09) - Signed with EHC Winterthur (NLB/Switzerland)

April 8
Aaron Gagnon (2008-09) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Langnau (NLA/Switzerland)

March 18
Brad Tapper (AC 2018-19) - Named head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Ontario (OHO) 16U AAA team

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