GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Griffins added nine players to their roster after the Detroit Red Wings announced two rounds of training camp cuts.
In the first round, the Red Wings released Mike Borkowski, Luke Esposito, and Dominik Shine, defensemen Patrick McCarron and Kevin Tansey, and goaltender Pat Nagle from their professional tryouts, sending them to the Griffins.
Borkowski and Shine both saw action for the Griffins last season. Borkowski saw action in 51 games and accumulated five points (3G, 2A) during the regular season. He appeared in one playoff game for Grand Rapids. Shine made his professional debut with the Griffins late last season. The 5-foot-11 Northern Michigan product appeared in eight games for the Griffins, registering three assists.
Goalie Pat Nagle signed a contract with the Griffins during the offseason, but this is not his first go around with the club. During the 2014-15 season, the Griffins signed Nagle to a PTO, and he made appearances in two contests going 1-0. He has spent the last three seasons with the Ft. Wayne Komets. Last season, he went 15-3-2-2 in 22 regular season games, and 5-4 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. With Toledo needing some goaltending, it is entirely possible Nagle heads to northwest Ohio.
Pat McCarron appeared in the final regular season game for Grand Rapids last season and did not make the playoff roster. Kevin Tansey was signed in the off-season after seeing action with the Chicago Wolves and the ECHL Missouri Mavericks last season. Luke Esposito will be making his Griffins debut during the 2017-18 season.
In the latest round on Monday, forwards Zach Nastasiuk, defenseman Dan Renouf, and goaltender Matej Machovsky were assigned to Grand Rapids.
Nastasiuk has been in the Red Wings organization since the 2013-14 season. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft. He appeared in seven games for Grand Rapids last season picking up one assist. Renouf enters his second full professional season. Last season, the defenseman was one of the Griffins top blueliners, playing in 67 games, collecting 16 points (3-13-16). He appeared in all 19 post season games for Grand Rapids picking up four points (2-2-4). Both of his goals came in the game four victory over the Syracuse Crunch during the Calder Cup Finals. Netminder Matej Machovsky enters his first season as a pro after signing a contract with the Red Wings late last season.
Additional players are expected to be added to the roster over the next week.
The Griffins will continue their training camp this week at Little Caesars arena, before shifting their practices to Grand Rapids on Monday, October 2.
The Griffins will open their defense of the Calder Cup championship on Friday, October 6, when they host the Manitoba Moose. The Griffins will hold a pregame ceremony to raise their Calder Cup championship Banner, the second in franchise history.