After anxiously awaiting for the Detroit Red Wings to make a move in free agency, they finally made one late Tuesday afternoon.
However, it wasn’t the top-four defenseman everyone was hoping for.
DET signs Kevin Porter to a two-way deal. Split last season between BUF (NHL) and Rochester (AHL).
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2014
Porter, 28, split time with the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans last season. He finished with one assist in 12 games for the Sabres and 36 points in 50 games with the Americans.
Porter led the Americans in points when he was recalled by the Sabres in February.
The Red Wings are sticking with their love of local kids, as Porter was born in Detroit and played for the University of Michigan from 2004-2008.
At 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, he isn’t the biggest of guys, but could be a good pickup, as he was a former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner in 2007-08 for being the top collegiate player.
I can’t seem him starting the season with the Red Wings as Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou among others will be competing for spots and are much more worthy of those spots.
But hey, at least the Red Wings did something on Day 1.
Here are Porter’s thoughts on joining the Red Wings:
Being from Detroit I couldn’t be any happier to be joining the Detroit Red Wings organization this next season. #MadeInDetroit
— Kevin Porter (@kporter12) July 1, 2014