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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 2022-23, who is unsigned, and where former players and coaches will be next season.

Starting with Grand Rapids' season-ending 2021-22 roster then adding new 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, return to Europe or junior, or are loaned to another team.

Under Contract for 2022-23 (Contract)
F Pontus Andreasson (DET)
D Seth Barton (DET)
F Jonatan Berggren (DET)
F Trenton Bliss (GR)
G Sebastian Cossa (DET)
F Kyle Criscuolo
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Simon Edvinsson (DET)
F Cross Hanas (DET)
F Taro Hirose (DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Albert Johansson (DET)
D Steven Kampfer
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Brian Lashoff
(GR)
D Jared McIsaac (DET)
D Wyatt Newpower (DET)
G Jussi Olkinuora (DET)
D Donovan Sebrango (DET)
F Dominik Shine
(GR)
F Elmer Soderblom (DET)
F Tyler Spezia (GR)
F Kirill Tyutyayev (GR)
F Joe Veleno (DET)
D Eemil Viro (DET)
F Drew Worrad (GR)

Bold indicates AHL veteran status for 2022-23, 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.


Four players from the 2021-22 Griffins are entering restricted free agency. NHL teams can retain rights to their RFAs by extending qualifying offers by July 11. Those not receiving qualifying offers will become unrestricted free agents.

Restricted Free Agents - Detroit
G Victor Brattstrom
G Kaden Fulcher
F Chase Pearson

Restricted Free Agent - Pittsburgh

F Jan Drozg


The following players will be unrestricted free agents, free to sign with the Griffins, Red Wings or any organization. NHL free agency begins on July 13 at noon.

Unrestricted Free Agents (Contract)
F Riley Barber (DET)
F Patrick Curry (GR)
F Turner Elson (DET)
F Jon Martin (GR)
D Ryan Murphy (DET)
G Calvin Pickard (DET)
D Dan Renouf (DET)
F Hayden Verbeek (GR) - Signed a contract with Spisska Nova Ves (Tipos Extraliga/Slovakia) on May 24
F Dennis Yan (GR)


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 2022-23.

June 17

Eric Himelfarb (2003-07) - Retired

June 16
Luke Esposito (2017-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Bakersfield (AHL)
D.J. King (2021-22) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Mattias Ritola (2007-10) - Retired
Kirill Tyutyayev (2021-22) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids

June 13

Andy Miele (2014-16) - Signed a one-year contract with HV71 (SHL/Sweden)

June 8

Adam Keefe (2006-08; 10-11) - Re-signed a one-year contract as head coach of Belfast (EIHL/Northern Ireland)

June 3

Charle-Edouard D'Astous (2019-21) - Signed a one-year contract with KooKoo (Liiga/Finland)

June 1

Eddie Pasquale (2016-17) - Signed with Magnitogorsk (KHL/Russia)

May 29

Jason Spezza (2001-02) - Retired

May 26
Valtteri Filppula (2005-07) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette (NL/Switzerland)
Dominik Shine (2016-22) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Grand Rapids

May 25

Oliwer Kaski (2019-20) - Signed a two-year contract with Lugano (NL/Switzerland)
Brian Lashoff (2008-13; 14-22) - Signed a one-year contract with Grand Rapids
Tyler Spezia (2018-22) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Grand Rapids

May 24
Gleason Fournier (2011-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Fehervar (ICEHL/Hungary)
Hayden Verbeek (2020-22) - Signed a contract with Spisska Nova Ves (Tipos Extraliga/Slovakia)

May 23

Dennis Yan (2021-22) - KHL rights obtained by Nizhny Novgorod from Yaroslavl

May 21
Taro Hirose (2019-22) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

May 19
Mark Zengerle (2014-16) - Signed a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL/Germany)

May 17

Filip Larsson (2019-20) - Will not return to HV71 (HockeyAllsvenskan/Sweden)

May 9
Mathias Brome (2020-21) - Signed a six-year contract with Orebro (SHL/Sweden)

May 6

Louis-Marc Aubry (2011-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Kolner (DEL/Germany)
Marek Tvrdon (2013-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Nitra (Tipos Extraliga/Slovakia)

May 4
Matej Machovsky (2017-18) - Signed a one-year contract with KalPa (Liiga/Finland)

April 30
Jeff Blashill (HC 2012-15) - Contract not renewed by Detroit
Jeff Salajko (GC 2013-16) - Contract not renewed by Detroit

April 29

Colin Campbell (2013-19) - Contract not extended by Augsburger (DEL/Germany)
Jared Coreau (2013-18) - Contract not extended by Wolfsburg (DEL/Germany)
Tom McCollum (2009-16; 17-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Innsbruck (ICEHL/Austria)

April 28

Alexey Marchenko (2013-16) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Yaroslavl (KHL/Russia)
Francis Pare (2008-13) - Signed a two-year contract with Visp (SL/Switzerland)

April 26

Cody Lampl (2012-13) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL/Germany)

April 21

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

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