More plays continue to move elsewhere from the 2014-15 Milwaukee Admirals. I had mentioned in an edition of Ramblings that the Admirals could potentially chose from one of their three bruisers last season: Mike Liambas, Triston Grant, and Rich Clune. The Nashville Predators ended up adding Cody Bass to the mix. As for the previous three? They are all gone now. Grant has just signed a one-year contract to join the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Press Release via Grand Rapids Griffins:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced that they have re-signed left wing Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch and have signed left wing Triston Grant, who returns to the team following a one-year absence. Paetsch inked a two-year deal while Hoggan and Grant each signed one-year contracts.
The trio led the Griffins to their first Calder Cup championship in 2012-13 and will again provide the team’s veteran foundation in 2015-16 under new head coach Todd Nelson.
Grant, 31, reunites with his Calder Cup brethren after spending the 2014-15 season with the Milwaukee Admirals, where he posted career highs in goals (13), assists (13, tied) and points (26), tied for eighth in club scoring and ranked third in penalty minutes with 123 over 73 games.
During his initial two-year stint with the Griffins (2012-14), the Neepawa, Manitoba, native appeared in 126 games, posting 26 points (10-16—26) with a plus-seven rating. His 299 penalty minutes slot him into 17th place in franchise history.
After contributing 10 points (4-6—10) and leading the Griffins with 196 PIM over a career-high 75 games during his first season in Grand Rapids, Grant chipped in four points (2-2—4) and played in all 24 playoff games during the team’s run to the 2013 Calder Cup. While only appearing in 51 games during his second season in 2013-14, he still improved his totals in each scoring category (6-10—16), notched a plus-six rating and finished third on the Griffins with 103 PIM.
Grant, a 10-year pro who was Philadelphia’s 10th choice (286th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 153 points (73-80—153) and 1,688 PIM in 634 AHL games with Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Oklahoma City, Rochester and Philadelphia. He has also seen action in 11 NHL games with Nashville and Philadelphia, showing one assist and 19 PIM.
Grant is coming off of his most productive scoring season as a pro: 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 73 games with the Admirals in 2014-15. He was a member of the Calder Cup winning Griffins in the 2012-13 season. Grant had the following to say via Twitter:
Defiantly bittersweet situation for me. Love my MKE fans but really excited to come back to GR and re-unit with some old friends and fans!!
— Triston Grant (@frozenturks23) July 6, 2015
Now it feels like the final dagger for most Admirals fans would be a Mark Van Guilder signs with “Insert Rival Team Here” news story.