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Grand Rapids Griffins re-sign Triston Grant, Brennan Evans

At some point, it is entirely possible that the Red Wings may sign one or both of defenseman Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch to two-way contracts, but in the interim, the Grand Rapids Griffins have re-signed Evans and left-winger Triston Grant to AHL deals:

Two members of the veteran backbone that led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup championship will return to defend the title, as defenseman Brennan Evans and left wing Triston Grant have both agreed to terms on AHL contracts for the 2013-14 season.

Evans, 31, played in all 100 regular season and playoff games last season during his Griffins debut. In 76 regular season appearances, he contributed seven assists and ranked among the team’s leaders with 148 penalty minutes (2nd) and a plus-nine rating (T6th).

After not lighting the lamp during the regular season, Evans scored the biggest goal in Griffins franchise history during the decisive Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals on June 18 in Syracuse, when his shot from the left point midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner in Grand Rapids’ eventual 5-2 win. In 24 playoff games, he recorded eight points (2-6—8), led the club with 36 PIM and ranked second with a plus-10 rating.

Over his 10-year pro career, Evans has also played for the Lowell Lock Monsters, Binghamton Senators, Worcester Sharks, Iowa Chops, Toronto Marlies and Peoria Rivermen. In 712 career AHL games, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, has recorded 107 points (14-93—107) and 1,497 penalty minutes. Evans’ only NHL action came during the 2004 playoffs, when he skated in two games with the Calgary Flames during their series against the Detroit Red Wings.

Grant, 29, was also remarkably durable during his first season in Grand Rapids, missing just a single regular season game. After posting a team-high 196 PIM to go with 10 points (4-6—10) and a plus-one rating through 75 regular season contests, he tallied four points (2-2—4), 26 PIM (T4th on the club) and a plus-three rating in 24 postseason games.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound winger saved his best playoff efforts for the Calder Cup Finals, scoring both of his goals and one of his two assists against the Crunch.

Philadelphia’s 10th choice (286th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Grant has appeared in 510 AHL games over eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phantoms, Milwaukee Admirals, Rochester Americans, Oklahoma City Barons and Griffins, racking up 111 points (54-57—111) and 1,462 penalty minutes. His most productive campaign came with the Admirals in 2009-10, when he set career highs with 12 goals, 13 assists, 25 points and 236 PIM in 74 games.

The Neepawa, Manitoba, native has also played in 11 NHL contests with the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, registering one assist and 19 PIM.

Great signings.

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Chip4Pips's avatar

Article makes no mention of Paetsch being inked to a deal.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 07/08/13 at 11:14 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Fixed, sorry!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/08/13 at 11:23 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Evans and Grant are great re-signs. Not only for their leadership but for their toughness. How far into next season will it take the Wings to realize they don’t have any of that?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/08/13 at 01:56 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

And by “that” I mean the toughness part. Grant and Evans are a couple tough futhermuckers

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/08/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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