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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 2021-22, who is unsigned, and where former players and coaches will be next season.

Starting with Grand Rapids' season-ending 2020-21 roster then adding recent signees and other players from the Red Wings organization, here are the players who could play for the Griffins next season unless they make Detroit's roster, are assigned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, or are loaned to another team.

Under Contract for 2021-22 (Contract)
F Riley Barber
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Seth Barton (DET)
F Jonatan Berggren (DET)
G Victor Brattstrom (DET)
F Kyle Criscuolo (DET) (not waivers-exempt)
F Patrick Curry (GR)
F Turner Elson
(GR)
G Kaden Fulcher (DET)
F Taro Hirose (DET) (not waivers-exempt)
G Filip Larsson (DET)
D Brian Lashoff
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
F Jon Martin (GR)
D Jared McIsaac (DET)
D Ryan Murphy
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Wyatt Newpower (DET)
F Chase Pearson (DET)
G Calvin Pickard (DET) (not waivers-exempt)
F Lucas Raymond (DET)
D Dan Renouf
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Donovan Sebrango (DET)
F Dominik Shine (GR)
F Tyler Spezia (GR)
F Kirill Tyutyayev (GR)
F Joe Veleno (DET)
F Hayden Verbeek (GR)
D Luke Witkowski
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
F Dennis Yan (GR)

Bold indicates AHL veteran status for 2021-22, meaning he has played 261 or more games in the NHL, AHL and European Elite Leagues and is at least 25 years old. AHL teams may dress no more than six veterans each game, not including goalies.


Several players from the 2020-21 Griffins entered restricted free agency. The Red Wings could retain their rights by extending qualifying offers by July 26, and those not receiving qualifying offers became unrestricted free agents.

Restricted Free Agents - Detroit
F Mathias Brome - Signed a two-year contract with Davos (NL/Switzerland) on May 17
D Dennis Cholowski - Selected by Seattle in the NHL Expansion Draft on July 21; Received a qualifying offer from Seattle
D Gustav Lindstrom - Received a qualifying offer; Agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Detroit on July 26
F Chase Pearson - Received a qualifying offer; Re-signed a one-year contract with Detroit on Aug. 5
F Michael Rasmussen - Re-signed a three-year contract with Detroit on July 22
F Givani Smith - Received a qualifying offer; Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit on Sept. 14
F Evgeny Svechnikov - Did not receive a qualifying offer; Signed a one-year contract with Manitoba (AHL) on Aug. 20
F Hayden Verbeek - Did not receive a qualifying offer; Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on July 29


The following players are unrestricted free agents, free to sign with the Griffins, Red Wings or any organization. NHL free agency began on July 28 at noon.

Unrestricted Free Agents (Contract)
G Kevin Boyle (DET) - Signed a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (IceHL/Italy) on Aug. 20
F Kyle Criscuolo (DET) - Agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Detroit on July 27
D Charle-Edouard D'Astous (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Colorado (AHL) on Aug. 4
D Tory Dello (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Laval on July 12
F Turner Elson (DET) - Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on July 30
D Patrick Holway (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with South Carolina (ECHL) on Aug. 23
D Joe Hicketts (DET) - Signed a two-year contract with Minnesota on July 28
F Taro Hirose (DET) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Detroit on July 27
F Max Humitz (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Kalamazoo (ECHL) on Sept. 14
D Brian Lashoff (TB) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Detroit on July 30
F Troy Loggins (GR)
F Jarid Lukosevicius (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Abbotsford (AHL) on Aug. 12
F Gregor MacLeod (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Nurnberg (DEL/Germany) on July 25
D Dylan McIlrath (DET) - Signed a two-year contract with Washington on July 28
G Pat Nagle (GR) - Signed a one-year contract with Lehigh Valley (AHL) on Sept. 17
G Calvin Pickard (DET) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Detroit on July 28
F Dominik Shine (GR) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on July 15
F Tyler Spezia (GR) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids on Aug. 4
F Dominic Turgeon (DET) - Signed a one-year contract with Minnesota on July 28


Finally, these are the transactions involving Griffins alumni that have taken place since April. Check back often to see where your favorites will be playing and coaching in 2021-22.

Sept. 22

Matt Puempel (2017-20) - Signed a one-year contract with Augsburger (DEL/Germany)

Sept. 17

Pat Nagle (2014-16;17-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Lehigh Valley (AHL)

Sept. 14
Blake Hillman (2019-20) - Signed a one-year contract with Toledo (ECHL)
Max Humitz (2020-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Kalamazoo (ECHL)
Givani Smith (2016-17;18-21) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

Sept. 9
Conor Allen (2016-17) - Retired

Sept. 7

Dennis Cholowski (2016-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Seattle (NHL)

Sept. 3
Colin Chaulk (2001-02) - Named an assistant coach by Bakersfield (AHL)
Filip Hronek (2016-19) - Re-signed a three-year contract with Detroit

Sept. 2

Spiros Anastas (AC 2012-14) - Named pro development scout by Manitoba (AHL)
Tyler Redenbach (2007-08) - Signed a tryout with Peliitat (Mestis/Finland)

Sept. 1
Alan Quine (2011-12) - Signed a one-year contract with Henderson (AHL)
Riley Sheahan (2011-14) - Signed a one-year contract with Seattle (NHL)

Aug. 24

Andy Delmore (2009-10) - Named an assistant coach by Windsor (OHL)
Valtteri Filppula (2005-07) - Signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette (NL/Switzerland)

Aug. 23
Patrick Holway (2020-21) - Signed a one-year contract with South Carolina (ECHL)

Aug. 21

Matt Lorito (2016-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Djurgardens IF (SHL/Sweden)

Aug. 20
Kevin Boyle (2020-21) - Signed a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (IceHL/Italy)
Evgeny Svechnikov (2015-18;19-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Manitoba (AHL)

Aug. 17

A.J. Jenks (2015-16) - Retired
Nathan Paetsch (2012-17) - Named a development coach by Buffalo

Aug. 13
Chris Kelly (2001-02) - Named an assistant coach by Boston
Ryan Martin (GM 2012-21) - Named an assistant GM by the New York Rangers

Aug. 12
Jarid Lukosevicius (2018-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Abbotsford (AHL)

Aug. 11

Jakub Kindl (2005-11;14-16) - Signed a one-year contract with HC Plzen (Czech)

Aug. 10
Ryan Kuffner (2019-20) - Signed a one-year contract with Iowa (AHL)

Aug. 5
Drew MacIntyre (2004-06) - Named developmental goaltending coach and scout by Manitoba (AHL)
Chase Pearson (2018-21) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Detroit
Tomas Tatar (2009-13) - Signed a two-year contract with New Jersey

Aug. 4
Charle-Edouard D'Astous (2019-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Colorado (AHL)
Tyler Spezia (2018-21) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids

Aug. 3
Nate DiCasmirro (2005-06) - Named an assistant coach by Iowa (AHL)
Pat Ferschweiler (AC 2014-15) - Named head coach by Western Michigan University (NCHC)
Chris Terry (2018-20) - Signed a one-year contract with Bridgeport (AHL)

Aug. 2

Riley Armstrong (2009-10) - Named an assistant coach by Lehigh Valley (AHL)
Ben Street (2016-18) - Signed a one-year contract with EHC Munchen (DEL/Germany)

July 31

Shane Berschbach (2014-15) - Retired
Tyler Bertuzzi (2014-18) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

July 30
Turner Elson (2017-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids
Brian Lashoff (2008-13;14-21) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Detroit

July 29

Andreas Athanasiou (2013-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles
Matt Ellis (2003-07) - Named an assistant coach by Buffalo
Darren Helm (2007-09;13-14) - Signed a one-year contract with Colorado (NHL)
Dan Renouf (2015-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Detroit
Robbie Russo (2015-18) - Signed a two-year contract with New Jersey
Brendan Smith (2010-13) - Signed a one-year contract with Carolina
Hayden Verbeek (2020-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids

July 28

Luke Glendening (2012-14) - Signed a two-year contract with Dallas
Joe Hicketts (2016-21) - Signed a two-year contract with Minnesota
Mattias Janmark (2013-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Vegas
Dylan McIlrath (2016-21) - Signed a two-year contract with Washington
Petr Mrazek (2012-15) - Signed a three-year contract with Toronto (NHL)
Tomas Nosek (2014-17) - Signed a two-year contract with Boston
Calvin Pickard (2019-21) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Detroit
Dominic Turgeon (2016-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Minnesota

July 27

Kyle Criscuolo (2015-17;20-21) - Agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Detroit
Taro Hirose (2019-21) - Agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Detroit

July 26

Andreas Athanasiou (2013-16) - Received a qualifying offer from Los Angeles
Dennis Cholowski (2016-21) - Received a qualifying offer from Seattle (NHL)
Gustav Lindstrom (2019-21) - Received a qualifying offer from Detroit; Agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Detroit
Chase Pearson (2018-21) - Received a qualifying offer from Detroit
Givani Smith (2016-17;18-21) - Received a qualifying offer from Detroit
Evgeny Svechnikov (2015-18;19-21) - Did not receive a qualifying offer from Detroit
Hayden Verbeek (2020-21) - Did not receive a qualifying offer from Detroit

July 25

Gregor MacLeod (2019-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Nurnberg (DEL/Germany)

July 22

Michael Rasmussen (2018-21) - Re-signed a three-year contract with Detroit

July 21

Jake Chelios (2018-19) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Kunlun (KHL)
Dennis Cholowski (2016-21) - Selected by Seattle in the NHL Expansion Draft
Calle Jarnkrok (2012-14) - Selected by Seattle in the NHL Expansion Draft
Ryan Sproul (2012-16;17-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Kunlun (KHL)

July 19

Jared Coreau (2013-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Linz (IceHL/Austria)

July 16

Jeff Ulmer (2001-02) - Named an assistant coach by Abbotsford (AHL)

July 15
Dominik Shine (2016-21) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids
Zack Torquato (2007-09) - Signed a one-year contract with Angers (Ligue Magnus/France)
Kyle Wood (2019-20) - Signed to a contract by Kladno (Czech)

July 12

Tory Dello (2019-21) - Signed a one-year contract with Laval (AHL)

July 9

Joel Bouchard (2000-01) - Named head coach by San Diego (AHL)

July 4

Matt Carey (2017-18) - Signed to a contract by Frankfurt (DEL2/Germany)

July 1

Andrej Nestrasil (2011-14) - Signed to a contract by HC Ocelari Trinec (Czech)

June 28

Kevin Poulin (2019-20) - Signed a one-year contract with Laval (AHL)

June 25

Colin Campbell (2013-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Augsburg (DEL/Germany)

June 22

Jeremy Williams (2009-10) - Signed to a contract by Heilbronn (DEL2/Germany)

June 18

Sebastien Piche (2009-12) - Signed to a contract by HK Olimpija Ljubljana (IceHL/Slovenia)

June 16

Jason Spezza (2001-02) - Re-signed to a one-year contract by Toronto (NHL)

June 15
Mike Stothers (HC 2007-08) - Named an assistant coach by Anaheim (NHL)

June 10

Cail MacLean (2000-01) - Named an assistant coach by Calgary (NHL)

June 9
Bob McNamara (GM 1996-11) - Named general manager by Evansville (SPHL)

May 24

Jake Paterson (2015-16) - Signed a one-year contract with Sparta Sarpsborg (Eliteserien/Norway)

May 18

Albin Grewe (2020-21) - Signed with Ilves (Liiga/Finland)

May 17
Mathias Brome (2020-21) - Signed a two-year contract with Davos (NL/Switzerland)
Eddie Pasquale (2016-17) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Yaroslavl (KHL)

May 12
Eric Himelfarb (2003-07) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Basel (MSL/Switzerland)

May 7

Cody Lampl (2012-13) - Signed to a contract by Straubing (DEL/Germany)

May 6
Mitch Callahan (2011-17) - Retired

May 5

Louis-Marc Aubry (2011-17) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Ingolstadt (DEL/Germany)

May 4
Eric Tangradi (2015-18;19-20) - Retired

May 3

Tom McCollum (2009-16;17-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Innsbruck (IceHL/Austria)

May 2

Mattias Ritola (2007-10) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Leksands (SHL/Sweden)

April 28

Brent Raedeke (2008-09;10-13) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Iserlohn (DEL/Germany)

April 23

Landon Ferraro (2009-10;11-15) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Kolner Haie (DEL/Germany)

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