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Red Wings Deal Griffins Defenseman to the Arizona Coyotes



Steven Kampfer, Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings traded Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Stephen Kampfer to the Arizona Coyotes Thursday for future considerations.

The NHL trade deadline passed last Friday. But it’s not a hard deadline. It has always been a misnomer. Teams can make deals after the deadline, but the players are not eligible to play in the postseason. That’s not a problem for the Arizona Coyotes in this deal.

Kampfer, 34, will report to the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). The Roadrunners are right on the cut line for the AHL playoffs and the veteran Kampfer could help them hold onto to their spot. The Griffins defense has a handful of the Red Wings prospect defensemen on their roster, including Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson.

Kampfer has 231 games of NHL experience, although none this season with the Red Wings. The Red Wings signed him with the idea that they might need him in case of injuries. The Red Wings did call him up in December when Robert Hagg was injured, but they didn’t end up using him.

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The Ann Arbor native is a puck-moving defenseman has four goals and 18 assists for 22 points this season. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound defenseman has 39 points and 110 penalty minutes over nine seasons with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers

Kampfer was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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