Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Defenseman Nathan Paetsch, Winger Triston Grant

The Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, added a pair of new faces on Monday by signing forward Triston Grant and defenseman Nathan Paetsch to a pair of one-year deals.

The 28-year-old Grant, who hit the ice for 11 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, tied for 17th in the AHL last year with a whopping 163 penalty minutes. The Griffins will mark Grant's fifth AHL squad over his 435-game career in the league.

The more highly-touted of the two signings, Paetsch broke in as a rookie defenseman with the Buffalo Sabres back in 2006 and went on to produce 42 points over 167 games with both Buffalo and Columbus. The former AHL All-Star played overseas in Germany this past year, and will return to the United States with a prime opportunity to further his career in Detroit's outstanding organization.

For more coverage of Detroit's path through free agency, stay right here with this StoryStream. For more on the Wings, head over to Winging It In Motown. And for more NHL news this offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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