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The Daily: Where Did All the Griffins Go This Summer?

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Turner Elson, ex-Red Wings
Turner Elson signed with the New York Rangers.

With GM Steve Yzerman playing Let’s Make a Deal all summer, it was easy to miss that the Red Wings said goodbye to some higher profile Grand Rapids Griffins veterans.

The Grand Rapids Griffins website does an excellent job of rounding up the departures on its roster and alumni tracker. Here is a capsule look at what happened to some of them:

  • Forward Riley Barber, 28, signed with the Dallas Stars for one year for $750,000. The lure for him is a $300,000 minor league salary. He scored 28 goals in 49 games for the Griffins last season and played four games in Detroit.

  • Forward Turner Elson, 29, signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers for $762,500 per season. His enticement is a $225,000 minor league salary. He played five seasons for Grand Rapids and scored 21 goals last season. Former Detroit assistant GM Ryan Martin knows him well. Martin is now the Rangers’ assistant GM.

  • Defenseman Dan Renouf agreed to a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $762,500 per season. The attraction for him is a $400,000 minor league salary.

  • Defenseman Ryan Murphy jumped to Kontinental Hockey League team Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Russia.

*  Goalie Calvin Pickard signed with Ken Holland’s Edmonton Oilers for two years at $762,500 per year. His minor league salary is $300,000.

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