Bootland agrees to one-year contract
Bootland, 23, played most of the last three seasons with the Griffins, totaling 53 points (27-26-53) and 552 penalty minutes in 148 games. His 552 PIM rank fourth all time on the club, while his eight game-winning goals tie for eighth.
Last season, the Toronto native tied for sixth on Grand Rapids with 34 points (14-20-34) in 78 appearances. He paced the Griffins with 336 PIM and six game-winners, and his plus-five rating tied for second among the team's forwards. Bootland's 78 minors and 336 PIM ranked first and fourth, respectively, in the AHL.
Bootland also tied for the team lead with 175 PIM in 2003-04, the same season in which he made his 22-game NHL debut with the Red Wings. He originally signed with Detroit as a free agent on July 25, 2002.