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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).
from Michael Happy of FSDetroit,
To anyone outside of Detroit, it probably sounds obscene.
But to those of us in Hockeytown, there’s nothing sexual about the The Grind Line.
The mere mention of it conjures up images of the Red Wings’ fourth line—Joe Kocur, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby—mucking it up in the corners during a magical run to a Stanley Cup title in 1997.
It was the Red Wings’ first championship in more than four decades. And while the lasting snapshot will be captain Steve Yzerman raising the Cup near center ice as streamers rained down on Joe Louis Arena, another picture perfect comes to mind, too: Maltby battling Colorado’s Eric Messier for a loose puck during the Western Conference finals.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The odds were stacked against Maltby making the Red Wings roster when he signed a one-year, two-way contract on Sept. 8. A good training camp and preseason hasn’t changed that.
The Red Wings have more forwards than roster spots. Unless a player or two suffers a long-term injury in the final two preseason games—Saturday night in Toronto and Sunday against Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena—Maltby likely will be waived.
The longtime grinding forward wants to continue playing, so he will accept whatever transpires, whether he is claimed by another NHL team off waivers or clears waivers and is assigned to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Maltby said he has no qualms about signing a two-way deal because it enables him to remain with the organization he joined in 1996. And if he has to start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins—which is likely, unless the Red Wings have an injury or two—he’s fine with that.
“That’s something I’ll deal with if that comes to surface,’’ Maltby said. “Right now it’s about Traverse City (training camp) and exhibition games.
“I’d be one of the older guys down there, but it’s not like I’d be first player to ever do it.’‘
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will meet with Maltby later this week, and Maltby’s agent, Anton Thun, said, “I anticipate we’ll have some news by the end of the week.’‘
The club has a standing one-year, two-way contract offer on the table to the longtime Red Wing.
Maltby, 37, has been exploring the free-agent market, but Thun said his client’s preference is to remain in Detroit.
“He’s been with Detroit a long time (since 1996), his family is there,’’ Thun said. “I think we can come to a mutually agreeable contract.’‘
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.”
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.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said today that he will have shoulder surgery next week, keeping him out for the remainder of the regular season.
Maltby will be placed on long-term injured serve, solving the club’s salary-cap issues. This will enable defenseman Andreas Lilja to be activated. Lilja said he expects to be in the lineup Monday at Colorado, in the frist game following the Olympic break.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
In order to clear the last $700,000 needed (to activate Lilja), general manager Ken Holland said forward Kirk Maltby might go on long-term injured reserve because of a chronic shoulder injury that will, at some point, require surgery.
from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
“I know I am a lot closer to the end than I am the beginning,” he said after a conditioning skate Thursday. “But this isn’t something I am going to address this year. I love playing. I love coming to the rink. Listen, if my career would have ended two or three years ago I wouldn’t have had any regrets.
“But I am going to just see how things hold up from a physical standpoint; see how I feel injury-wise. There’s always going to be a time (to leave); everyone has to move on. Whether it’s after this year for me, we’ll see.”
To measure Maltby’s on-ice effectiveness by his statistics is to completely miss the point of his value. He’s a grinder, a dependable defensive-minded winger who’s has long been on of the game’s effective pests
From Chris Johnston at the CP:
“When you lose a series, the last thing you want to do is congratulate the other team or wish them good luck,” said veteran Detroit forward Kirk Maltby. “But it’s kind of the nature of the beast. It’s just part of our sport and something that’s carried over.
“I think it’s one of the few things that we do that maybe other sports don’t.”
Cooke can think of at least one where it does.
“You can go to one of the roughest games that’s out there in rugby and they do it after every game,” he said. “And most times they’re going for beers after with each other.
“They put their egos aside and know that they’re out there trying to win. That’s what it’s about.”
“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way. This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.
“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”
-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF. More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
Paul is at the NHL’s media event in Detroit (for which we’re hosting the live video feed on the previous post).
This post will be an open forum from the event, to add photos he sends in and links to audio he’ll be posting on NHL.com later today.
Updates will be added below throughout the day, with Wings stuff coming in first since the Penguins aren’t yet available. To start, I’ve put up a couple screenshots from video he’s shot today so far…
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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For more than a decade, they’ve filled a valuable role as defensively-dominant forwards who not only shut down the opposition, but drive them to distraction with their agitating antics.
After Draper and Maltby, the National Hockey League’s longest-running forward tandem is the New Jersey checking pair of John Madden and Jay Pandolfo.
They’ve been an item since 1999.
Draper and Maltby were first united three years earlier, embarking upon a relationship that is as symbiotic as it is long-standing.
“A brother from another mother,” is how Draper describes Maltby, his teammate for a dozen years and linemate for the vast majority of that time.
From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,
Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.
Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.