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Maltby Belongs In Detroit

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Ken Holland is in Vernon, British Columbia, sandwiched between Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes. And you can bet his Blackberry is perpetually on. Kirk Maltby’s agent, Anton Thun, is in his office in Markham, Ontario, near Toronto, working the phone.

Thun and Holland are missing each other, and that should be no surprise. Once a grinder, always a grinder and it looks like the process that could lead to Maltby playing a 15th year for the Red Wings is a matter of grinding it out, too.

“We are certainly still talking,” Thun said. “It’s been phone tag. At this point, Kirk’s preference is clearly to play for the Wings.”

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Asked if he has talked to other teams, Thun said, simply, “Kirk wants to play with the Wings, and we think something will work out, eventually.”

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Chris in A^2's avatar

Usually I’d blame the salary cap for instances like this.  I like the NBA veterans minimum contracts that don’t count against the cap since they don’t force teams to choose between loyalty and player development.  However, roster size, not the cap is the biggest problem with bringing Maltby back.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/31/10 at 10:00 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Keep in mind there *is* no actual NBA cap anyways.  You have things like the Larry Bird Exception as well as like 7 or 8 others I think, making it a soft cap .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_Salary_Cap

And look at how well that “cap” has worked to keep teams from loading up so far:  Boston, MIami, LA Lakers…

I still prefer the NHL’s hard cap any day, if there has to be a cap at all.

Posted by Primis on 07/31/10 at 10:52 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Patrick Eaves, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, three restricted free agents, have garnered significantly more media attention in the offseason than Maltby. From my point of view, it seems utterly unfair.

Well, then I’d suggest that Krupa call Tick Tock and tell him which of those three (or even Ritola) that he thinks the Wings should let go so Malts can play his “15th year for the Red Wings.”

If Kenny doesn’t hang up on him immediately (which he should), I think he’ll explain to this guy that no team is more loyal to their players than the Wings. But at some point (like when a guy can’t keep up with any of the players mentioned above), it’s time for even heart-and-soul guys like Malts to hang up the skates.

And if he does that, I have absolutely no doubt that the Wings will find a place for Malts within the organ-I-zation. For instance, Verbeek left for Tampa so that scouting position is open.

Take it, Malts. Hang up your skates and be honored as the warrior you are/were. Please don’t end your career like D-Mac did. You deserve better than that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/01/10 at 12:58 AM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 07/31/10 at 11:58 PM ET

Perfectly stated.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 08/01/10 at 12:55 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Krupa, to put it mildly, does not impress me. 

If/when Maltby leaves does he (Krupa) really think the Wings and Wing fans won’t be giving him the send-off he deserves?  Right now, it’s business.  When the time comes for farewells, all the sentimentality that Krupa is sobbing for will be there.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 08/03/10 at 10:04 AM ET

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