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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 2023-24, who is unsigned, and where former players and coaches will be next season.

Starting with players from Grand Rapids' 2022-23 roster who finished the season within the Red Wings organization, then adding new signees and other players from the 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 2023-24 (Contract)
G Jan Bednar (GR)
F Jonatan Berggren (DET)
G Sebastian Cossa (DET)
F Austin Czarnik
(DET) (not waivers-exempt)
F Alexandre Doucet (DET)
D Simon Edvinsson (DET)
F Cross Hanas (DET)
F Taro Hirose (DET) (not waivers-exempt)
D Albert Johansson (DET)
F Marco Kasper (DET)
F Joel L’Esperance
(GR)
F Amadeus Lombardi (DET)
F Carter Mazur (DET)
F Riley Sawchuk (GR)
D Donovan Sebrango (DET)
F Dominik Shine
(GR)
F Elmer Soderblom (DET)
F Tyler Spezia (GR)
D Antti Tuomisto (DET)
D Eemil Viro (DET)
D William Wallinder (DET)

Bold indicates AHL veteran status for 2023-24, 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.


Seven players from the 2022-23 Griffins are entering restricted free agency. NHL teams can retain rights to their RFAs by extending qualifying offers. Those not receiving qualifying offers will become unrestricted free agents.

Restricted Free Agents
F Pontus Andreasson - Signed a four-year contract with Lulea (SHL/Sweden) on April 25
D Seth Barton
G John Lethemon
F Matt Luff
D Jared McIsaac
D Wyatt Newpower
F Jasper Weatherby


The following players will be unrestricted free agents, free to sign with the Griffins, Red Wings or any organization. NHL free agency begins on Saturday, July 1 at noon.

Unrestricted Free Agents (Contract)
G Ryan Bednard (GR-PTO)
D Jeremie Biakabutuka (GR-ATO)
F Trenton Bliss (GR)
G Victor Brattstrom (DET)
F Alex Chiasson (DET)
F Adam Erne (DET)
G Magnus Hellberg (DET)
F Cedric Lacroix (GR) - Signed a contract with Vorarlberg (ICEHL/Austria) on May 23
D Brian Lashoff (GR) - Retired on April 15
F Patrick McGrath (GR)
G Alex Nedeljkovic (DET)
F Danny O'Regan (DET)
F Chase Pearson (DET)
F Kirill Tyutyayev (GR)
F Drew Worrad (GR)


Finally, these are the transactions involving Griffins alumni that have taken place since Feb. 28. Check back often to see where your favorites will be playing and coaching in 2023-24.

May 31
Dick Axelsson (2009-10) - Re-signed a contract with Vasby (HockeyEttan/Sweden)
Cory Emmerton (2006-11; 13-14) - Will not return to Lausanne (NL/Switzerland)

May 29
Jake Paterson (2015-16) - Will not return to Zvolen (Tipos Extraliga/Slovakia)

May 25

Tom McCollum (2009-16; 17-18) - Signed a contract with Regensburg (DEL2/Germany)

May 24

Valtteri Filppula (2005-07) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette (NL/Switzerland)

May 23

Cedric Lacroix (2022-23) - Signed a contract with Vorarlberg (ICEHL/Austria)

May 21
Andy Miele (2014-16) - Signed a one-year contract with Wolfsburg (DEL/Germany)

May 20

Robbie Russo (2015-18) - Signed a one-year contract with Utica (AHL)

May 11
Dylan St. Cyr (2022-23) - Signed a contract with Anglet (Ligue Magnus/France)

May 10

Spiros Anastas (AC 2012-14) - Named assistant coach of Greek National Team

May 7

Tomas Jurco (2012-14; 15-17) - Will not return to Kunlun (KHL/China)

May 5

David McIntyre (2013-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Cologne (DEL/Germany)

May 4

Albin Grewe (2020-21) - Signed a two-year contract with Djurgardens (HockeyAllsvenskan/Sweden)

May 3
Jakub Kindl (2005-11; 14-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Storhamar (Fjordkraft-ligaen/Norway)
Matej Machovsky (2017-18) - Signed a multi-year contract with Vitkovice (Tipsport Extraliga/Czechia)
Richard Nedomlel (2013-14; 15-16) - Signed a contract with Ocelari Trinec (Tipsport Extraliga/Czechia)

May 1
Richard Nedomlel (2013-14; 15-16) - Will not return to Mountfield (Tipsport Extraliga/Czechia)
Libor Sulak (2017-19) - Signed a two-year contract with Omsk (KHL/Russia)

April 30
Ryan Murphy (2021-22) - Will not return to Ufa (KHL/Russia)
Trevor Parkes (2011-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Munich (DEL/Germany)
Teemu Pulkkinen (2012-15) - Will not return to Chelyabinsk (KHL/Russia)
Ben Street (2016-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Munich (DEL/Germany)

April 29
Hayden Verbeek (2020-22) - Will not return to Spis (Tipos Extraliga/Slovakia)

April 28
Matt Puempel (2017-20) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Augsburg (DEL/Germany)
Bruce Ramsay (1996-99, AC 2015-18) - Re-signed a two-year contract as head coach of Wichita (ECHL)

April 25
Pontus Andreasson (2022-23) - Signed a four-year contract with Lulea (SHL/Sweden)

April 24
Martin Frk (2013-17; 18-19) - Signed a two-year contract with Bern (NL/Switzerland)

April 19
Gregor MacLeod (2019-21) - Signed a contract with Cologne (DEL/Germany)
Jan Mursak (2006-07; 08-13) - Will not return to Frolunda (SHL/Sweden)

April 18
Justin Abdelkader (2008-10; 21-22) - Will not return to Zug (NL/Switzerland)

April 17

Albin Grewe (2020-21) - Will not return to Mora (Hockey Allsvenskan/Sweden)

April 16

Todd Krygier (AC 2019-23) - Contract in Grand Rapids not renewed by Detroit
Matt Macdonald (AC 2018-23) - Contract in Grand Rapids not renewed by Detroit
Brian Mahoney-Wilson (GC 2016-23) - Contract in Grand Rapids not renewed by Detroit
Ben Simon (2006-07, AC 2015-18, HC 2018-23) - Contract in Grand Rapids not renewed by Detroit

April 15

Charle-Edouard D'Astous (2019-21) - Re-signed a one-year contract with KooKoo (Liiga/Finland)
Brian Lashoff (2008-13; 14-23) - Retired
Matt Lorito (2016-18) - Will not return to Wolfsburg (DEL/Germany)

April 12

Carter Camper (2018-19) - Will not return to Zug (NL/Switzerland)

April 9

Cody Lampl (2012-13) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL/Germany)
Tom McCollum (2009-16; 17-18) - Will not return to Innsbruck (ICEHL/Austria)
Mark Zengerle (2014-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Straubing (DEL/Germany)

April 4

Filip Larsson (2019-20) - Signed a two-year contract with Leksands (SHL/Sweden)

March 31
Louis-Marc Aubry (2011-17) - Re-signed with Cologne (DEL/Germany)

March 29

Chad Billins (2012-13) - Will not return to HV71 (SHL/Sweden)
Andy Miele (2014-16) - Will not return to HV71 (SHL/Sweden)

March 23
Gleason Fournier (2011-14) - Re-signed with Fehervar (ICEHL/Hungary)

March 15
Max Humitz (2020-22) - Traded by Kalamazoo (ECHL) to South Carolina (ECHL) in exchange for Evan Wardley

March 10

Brent Raedeke (2008-09; 10-13) - Will not return to Iserlohn (DEL/Germany)
Harri Sateri (2018-19) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Biel-Bienne (NL/Switzerland)

March 9
Blake Hillman (2019-20; 21-22) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Hartford (AHL)
Steven Kampfer (2022-23) - Traded by Detroit to Arizona in exchange for future considerations

March 3
Alex Chiasson (2022-23) - Signed a one-year contract with Detroit
Jakub Vrana (2022-23) - Traded by Detroit to St. Louis in exchange for Dylan McLaughlin and a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft

March 2

Tyler Bertuzzi (2014-18) - Traded by Detroit to Boston in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2025

March 1

Filip Hronek (2016-19) - Traded by Detroit with a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft to Vancouver in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2023 and a second-round pick in 2023
Nick Jensen (2013-17) - Signed a three-year contract extension with Washington
Dylan Larkin (2014-15) - Signed an eight-year contract extension with Detroit

Feb. 28

Gustav Nyquist (2010-14) - Traded by Columbus to Minnesota in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft
Vili Saarijarvi (2017-20) - Traded by Arizona to Chicago (NHL) as part of the New York Rangers' acquisition of Patrick Kane from Chicago

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