After seemingly striking out in attempting to fill their gap on defense, the Detroit Red Wings signed forward Kevin Porter to a one-year, two-way deal on Tuesday.
Porter, 28, hails from Northville and played for both the Ann Arbor-based US National Team Development Program and the University of Michigan. He captained the Wolverines in his senior year before moving on to the Phoenix Coyotes’ organization.
Porter split last season between the Buffalo Sabres and their farm team, the Rochester Americans. He had an assist in twelve games for the Sabres, adding 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 50 games for the Americans.
He is expected to spend the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, making up for their loss of Cory Emmerton to a European contract.