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Red Wings sign Luke Glendening; Chad Billins exits for Calgary

It's not a big signing given the magnitude of what's happened today, but it's great for the Red Wings and great for someone who was a walk-on with the University of Michigan and a try-out who earned an AHL-only contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins:


... Grand Rapids Native Helped Lead Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup Championship …

Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has signed forward Luke Glendening to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Glendening, 24, was signed by the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League as a free agent on June 19, 2012, and split time last season between Grand Rapids (51GP, 8G-18A-26P) and the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL (27GP, 14G-7A-21P).  The 5-11, 200-lb. forward skated in 24 postseason games for the Griffins during their run to the 2013 Calder Cup championship, collecting 16 points (6G-10A-16P) and 30 PIM.

Prior to his professional career, Glendening played four seasons with the Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.  The Grand Rapids, Mich., native was named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward following the 2011-12 season and captained the Wolverines during his junior and senior seasons.

Luke Glendening, Forward

Born Apr 28 1989  -- Grand Rapids, MI

Height 5.11 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots R

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM


2008-09  U. of Michigan              CCHA   35    6    4   10   33

2009-10  U. of Michigan              CCHA   45    7   14   21   39

2010-11  U. of Michigan              CCHA   44    8   10   18   26

2011-12  Providence Bruins           AHL     3    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --

2011-12  U. of Michigan              CCHA   41   10   11   21   24

2012-13  Toledo Walleye              ECHL   27   14    7   21   27  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    51    8   18   26   50  24   6  10  16  30

On the other end of the spectrum, Griffins defenseman Chad Billins ran into a roster crunch, and as such, he's signed with the Calgary Flames:

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Cool we signed Luke. He seems like a coach’s dream. Billins hopefully will have a better shot to prove himself in Calgary. Wish him well!

Posted by RicoSauve on 07/05/13 at 06:27 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Well, if I’m adding right, that just put the Wings at the 50 player limit.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/05/13 at 06:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Good luck to Chad Billins.  Sad to see him go, but glad to see him get his shot at the NHL.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/05/13 at 07:16 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Wonderful news about Luke!  I’m really happy for him. He was great at Michigan and with the Griffins last season.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/05/13 at 07:19 PM ET

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