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The Daily: Who will play for the Grand Rapids Griffins Next Season?

Assembly of the roster for the Grand Rapids Griffins will make for an interesting summer

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Chase Pearson is a restricted free agent this summer

The Detroit Red Wings have decisions to make about who may play for their Grand Rapids Griffins farm team next season.  Detroit fans certainly understand that goalie Sebastian Cossa is ticketed for Grand Rapids. Defenseman Albert Johansson could end up there, although the Red Wings and their fans hope he is playing in Detroit.

But other personnel decisions are less obvious. Will the Red Wings make a qualifying offer to Chase Pearson? How about goalie Victor Brattstrom?

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Riley Barber isn’t signed yet. Will he get re-signed? Under American Hockey League rules,  teams can only use six veteran players in every game.  To qualify as a veteran, a player must play in 261 or more games in the NHL, AHL and European Elite Leagues and be least 25 years old. AHL teams may dress no more than six veterans each game, not including goalies.

The Red Wings added another one of those players when they signed defenseman Steven Kampfer

The Grand Rapid Griffins have laid out their potential player list in a player tracker on their website. They also explain who must go through waivers.

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