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Red Wings make a minor signing, ink Kevin Porter

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.

Update #3:

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Slumpy's avatar

Nap time.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 07/01/14 at 03:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Not sure what he brings to GR.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/01/14 at 03:44 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Not sure what he brings to GR.
Posted by SYF from Zata’s Epic Viking Beard on 07/01/14 at 03:44 PM ET

A live body.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/01/14 at 03:48 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I wAS hOPING tHIS wAS tHE gUY kENNY wOULD gET!

pUMPED uP oN tHIS sIGNING!!!!!!

wHO nEEDS dEFENCE oN tHE bIG cLUB?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 07/01/14 at 03:49 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Oh, we’re rolling now.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/01/14 at 03:49 PM ET

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Leading scorer and C of Rochester Americans.  Can’t hurt?

Posted by neffernin on 07/01/14 at 03:50 PM ET

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Well, at least now I understand how Holland missed out on Ehrhoff, Boyle, Gilbert, Stralman and Niskanen.

The negotiation with Porter probably took all afternoon.

Posted by Garth on 07/01/14 at 03:50 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

More like “Hobey Baker winner Kevin Porter,” Go Blue!

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 07/01/14 at 03:51 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

CUPPY CUPPY CUPPY

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/01/14 at 03:51 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

CUPPY CUPPY CUPPY

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/01/14 at 03:51 PM ET

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 07/01/14 at 03:55 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Kevin Porter? That guy what makes all them funny sports mashups on the YouTube?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 07/01/14 at 03:57 PM ET

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Have we mapped the parade route yet?

Posted by bababooey on 07/01/14 at 03:58 PM ET

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this is what I’ve been waiting for since 9AM… as long as cleary isn’t re-signed I won’t complain…

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 07/01/14 at 04:05 PM ET

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Remember when Detroit used to be called Hockey Town?  Good times

Posted by bababooey on 07/01/14 at 04:05 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Watched Porter play a few seasons at Yost. Always wondered why he couldn’t break through with Phoenix? ( Arizona )

Good signing for GR.

 

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/01/14 at 04:07 PM ET

HeilThom's avatar

ATTABOY, KENNY! WOOO!... :(

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 07/01/14 at 04:12 PM ET

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Anyone think Red wings still have a chance at Niskanen, with the fact that many teams are priced out on salary?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/01/14 at 04:20 PM ET

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Anyone think Red wings still have a chance at Niskanen, with the fact that many teams are priced out on salary?
Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/01/14 at 04:20 PM ET

Not sure, but SJ is the team that he was linked to earlier after Tampa got Strahlman, but Doug WIlson has made a statement that they are basically not participating in FA this offseason.

So who knows where Niskanen is headed

Posted by Hootinani on 07/01/14 at 04:32 PM ET

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Check the later posts.. Niel F-ing Sheehy. what a duech bag.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/01/14 at 04:51 PM ET

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