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by George Malik on 07/01/14 at 02:40 PM ET
Updated 3x at 4:04 PM: Edit/update: Kevin Porter is bascially replacing David McIntyre, who left Grand Rapids to sign with SaiPa in the Finnish Liiga (per Henri Sakkinen on Twitter) /end edit]
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Wings have at least added to the forward depth...
Kevin's a 5'11," 192-pound winger who's 28 and is from Detroit. He'll play as a veteran in Grand Rapids.
As the Grand Rapids Press notes, the Griffins signed Western Michigan University forward Shane Berschbach today, too. Gotta build the AHL team as well, and Porter playerd well for Rochester.
Update: Wings just made Petr Mrazek's one-year extension official, too:
DETROIT SIGNS GOALTENDER PETR MRAZEK TO ONE-YEAR EXTENSION
… Netminder Second in AHL in Goals-Against Average, Third in Save Percentage During 2013-14 Season in Grand Rapids …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Petr Mrazek to a one-year contract extension for the 2015-16 season. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Mrazek, 22, was second in the AHL with a 2.10 goals-against average and third in the league with a 0.924 save percentage during the 2013-14 season with Grand Rapids. In 32 appearances with the Griffins last season, Mrazek posted a 22-9-1 record with three shutouts and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team for his efforts. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound goaltender saw action in nine games with Detroit last year, going 2-4-0 with a 1.74 goals against average and 0.927 save percentage. A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2013, sporting a 23-16-2 record, a 2.33 goals against average, a 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts. Mrazek was drafted by the Red Wings in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Update #2: Here's Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples on Porter's Michigan connections:
Porter, 28, won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award during his senior season with the Wolverines in 2008. Since his four years with the University of Michigan, he has spent time in both the NHL and the AHL, playing professionally for the Coyotes, Avalanche and Sabres.
Last year, Porter played in 12 games with the Sabres, and 50 with their AHL affiliate in Rochester. In AHL competition, he recorded 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.
He played for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2002-04. Before his junior days, he competed for Little Caesars, Honeybaked and the Ice Dogs AAA program.
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