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by Paul on 10/12/10 at 12:46 PM ET
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby will announce his retirement today at 5:30, according to a source.
Maltby, 37, decided to retire after 16 NHL seasons rather than report to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
During his prime, Maltby was a premier grinder and penalty-killer, one of the hardest players in the league to play against because of his physical, agitating style. He was a mainstay on the club’s heralded Grind Line, with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty, for many years.
He played 14 seasons in Detroit and is one of four Red Wings to play on all four Stanley Cup-winning teams since 1997 (the others are Nicklas Lidstrom, Draper and Tomas Holmstrom).
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