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McCollum Signs One-Year Contract With Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Tom McCollum to a one-year AHL contract.

McCollum, 23, set career bests last season in wins (18), goals against average (2.63), save percentage (0.904) and shutouts (2) and posted an 18-11-2 record in 31 appearances, helping the Griffins capture the Midwest Division title, en route to their first Calder Cup championship. The fifth-year pro ranks among the franchise’s all-time goaltending leaders with 113 games played (3rd), 6,320:02 minutes (3rd), 45 wins (T5th), 2,728 saves (3rd), three shutouts (T9th) and five shootout wins (7th).

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Chip4Pips's avatar

Since the Wings had tendered him a qualifying offer, does this free up a contract on the 50-man?

Posted by Chip4Pips on 07/22/13 at 07:09 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Yep. AHL-only deal should = 1 roster spot opening up. Wings will probably re-sign Nyquist/Andersson and keep the spot open for the prospect tourney. That or they’ll sign a #8 defenseman.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/22/13 at 07:12 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Fire Up Chips!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/22/13 at 07:22 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So does this mean Coreau is going to Toledo?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/22/13 at 07:52 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It means that one of the Griffins’ three goalies will probably play in Toledo. Qn AHL contract covers AHL and ECHL employment. McCollum and Coreau will battle it out to back up Mrazek.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/22/13 at 07:58 PM ET

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It means that one of the Griffins’ three goalies will probably play in Toledo. Qn AHL contract covers AHL and ECHL employment. McCollum and Coreau will battle it out to back up Mrazek.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/22/13 at 07:58 PM ET

Well, not entirely George.  More of a technical thing, but…

An ECHL club can choose to affiliate with an NHL club, but not that NHL club’s AHL club.  For instance, couple of years ago the Kalamazoo Wings were an affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, but NOT of Albany.  So guys under contract to Albany itself could not be just “sent down”, only guys under contract to the Devils themselves could.

Grand Rapids and Detroit are in lockstep right now so, I don’t see Toledo losing Grand Rapids as an AHL affiliate.  It *does* happen though from time to time, and can result in some interesting scenarios…  in this case, with GR and DET in tandem on everything, I’m sure McCollum and Coreau will both spend time in Toledo getting starts, and both spend time backing up Mrazek and taking the odd AHL start as well.

But anyhow, there DOES have to be an official affiliation between the AHL and ECHL clubs when it comes to sending guys down under AHL contract.  Barring that then, you start to get into the sometimes-complicated area of an AHL team trying to assign a contracted player to an ECHL team and without an affiliation and with so few roster spots in the ECHL that can get tricky (ECHL rosters are nightmares to juggle IMHO).

Posted by Primis on 07/22/13 at 11:19 PM ET

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As far as I know, the Walleye still work with the Wings, and their affiliation agreement states that the Wings, and as such, the Griffins, can assign up to 6 players to the ECHL.

The Walleye split their affiliation between the Wings and Blackhawks. Up to six players for each team, and they’ve accepted the Griffins’ demotions since they were essentially re-incorporated as the successor to the defunct Toledo Storm. The relationship won’t change over the course of a season. They’ve already re-upped their affiliation with the Wings once and they’ll do so again.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/23/13 at 02:18 AM ET

tkfergy's avatar

weren’t they trying to get one off the books to sign Cleary?

Posted by tkfergy on 07/23/13 at 04:35 AM ET

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weren’t they trying to get one off the books to sign Cleary?

They need to get more than one off the books to re-sign their RFAs, then they’ll need to get more than one off the books in order to get to the regular season roster limit, THEN they would need to get one off the books to re-sign Cleary.

I hope to hell they don’t re-sign Dan Cleary.

Posted by Garth on 07/23/13 at 07:36 AM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Can’t tender a qualifying offer unless you have the roster space. and capgeek says there are 23 on the NHL roster and 24 in the minors plus the 2 RFAs is 49

Posted by tkfergy on 07/23/13 at 08:11 AM ET

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As far as I know, the Walleye still work with the Wings, and their affiliation agreement states that the Wings, and as such, the Griffins, can assign up to 6 players to the ECHL.

The Walleye split their affiliation between the Wings and Blackhawks. Up to six players for each team, and they’ve accepted the Griffins’ demotions since they were essentially re-incorporated as the successor to the defunct Toledo Storm. The relationship won’t change over the course of a season. They’ve already re-upped their affiliation with the Wings once and they’ll do so again.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/23/13 at 02:18 AM ET

Right.  My point was an NHL affiliation for an ECHL club does not guarantee an AHL one, that actually is considered a separate affiliation agreeement.  Most come as package deals (because why wouldn’t they?).  But an NHL affiliation doesn’t mean an AHL-contracted guy can be sent down to their ECHL affiliate.

So an AHL contract doesn’t just automatically guarantee a guy can be “sent down” to an ECHL team, there does have to be an AHL-to-ECHL affiliation agreement (which Toledo has with both Rockford and Grand Rapids still) or else then the AHL team has to “assign” a guy down and the ECHL team has to agree to receive the loan (technically if there’s an affiliation the ECHL club can’t refuse a call-up or a send-down… just “assigning” with no affiliation, an ECHL could very much refuse either of them).

It’s semantics, I know, and hate me for nit-picking or something I guess.  And it doesn’t really affect McCollum’s situation anyways.  But there’s enough confusion right now with how all this stuff works (god I’m tired of listening to people argue about the Contracted and Reserve lists and where McCollum counts with those).

Posted by Primis on 07/23/13 at 11:30 AM ET

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