The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their exit interviews for players today.
The Red Wings’ management has some difficult decisions to make regarding the mix of veterans and youngsters that will make up next year’s Griffins team; the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner spoke with three key veterans in Matt Ford, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi regarding their futures. All three players are unrestricted free agents this summer:
“We’re talking right now and that’s where I can of want to leave it right now,” Ford said. “Obviously, I’d love to be here, and they want me to be back and we’ll see how it goes.”
Free agent signings begin July 1.
Like Ford, Street and Tangradi also spoke highly of Grand Rapids and the Griffins organization. But both also would like an opportunity with an NHL team, an unlikely scenario for either with the Red Wings. Both have to decide it there is an opportunity with a different NHL organization or be satisfied as a leader/mention within the AHL.
“I explore before July 1 and see what’s out there. During the year there’s really not an opportunity to see what’s out there,” said the 31-year-old Street, who led the Griffins with 65 points (21-44-65) “… That’s homework my agent and I will do over the next couple months and we’ll see where the best opportunity is.
“For me, I still believe I can be an NHL player and it was disappointing to me that I didn’t get a chance at that. So, my job this summer is to find where that best opportunity is. It may be with the Red Wings or it may be somewhere else.”
Wallner continues, breaking down the Griffins and Red Wings’ restricted and unrestricted free agents…