The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/14/12 at 04:26 PM ET
This was coming, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Detroit Red Wings on Friday assigned 22 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, their American Hockey League affiliate: goaltenders Tom McCollum, Petr Mrazek and Jordan Pearce; defensemen Adam Almquist, Gleason Fournier, Brian Lashoff, Max Nicastro and Brendan Smith; and forwards Joakim Andersson, Louis-Marc Aubry, Damien Brunner, Mitch Callahan, Willie Coetzee, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, Andrej Nestrasil, Gustav Nyquist, Francis Pare, Trevor Parkes, Brent Raedeke, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar.
The group joins five players who signed AHL contracts with the Griffins this summer: defensemen Chad Billins, Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch and forwards Luke Glendening and Triston Grant.
The Griffins also announced some of the details regarding their training camp, which will begin on October 1st in Grand Rapids:
The Griffins are expected to hold their first practice on Monday, Oct. 1 to begin a week-long training camp in Grand Rapids. Details on locations and times of the camp will be released at a later date. The team will also participate in two neutral-site preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and Sunday, Oct. 7 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
The puck drops on the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 12 when Grand Rapids hosts Milwaukee at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena. Single-game tickets for all home games will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. at all Star Ticket outlets, including The Zone and Meijer stores, or online through http://griffinshockey.com.
As the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, however, Damien Brunner won't start the season with Grand Rapids:
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