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by George Malik on 06/14/12 at 07:50 PM ET
As the Free Press’s Helene St. James has noted, well, on her Twitter account, Red Wings executive Kris Draper, who is now a “special assistant to the GM” (Ken Holland), has joined Twitter at @kdraper33, and despite this afternoon’s Suter/Parise scuttlebutt, which MLive’s Ansar Khan discusses in a reaction-to-story column, St. James reports that Draper’s status as a “Grind Line” legend has allowed him to join the fray without reading endless, “When are we gonna get Suter/Parise/Semin/etc.” tweets sent in his direction:
Draper, going by the handle @kdraper33, had been on for about three months, he told the Free Press, before sending his first tweets on Thursday. He was inspired by going to Wrigley Field in Chicago, site of the 2009 Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Back then, Draper played for the Wings; now he’s part of their front-office.
“Brought back good memories of the winter classic and sent a tweet,” Draper texted while at the Tigers-Cubs game.
Draper added that “man, things happen fast on Twitter” as he racked up a thousand followers in the hours after his first tweets. For his profile, he used a picture of himself playing in a game against St. Louis, back when Chris Osgood played goal for the Blues.
Osgood is in the background. “2 goals on Oz that night,” Draper texted. “You can tweet that.”
Several of the younger Wings players already are on Twitter: Brendan Smith (@bssmith7), Gustav Nyquist (@gnyquist) and Cory Emmerton (@cemmer48); prospects Tomas Tatar (@Trto90) and Riley Sheahan (@rsheahan4), plus former Wings Mike Modano (@9modano) and Mike Commodore (@commie22).
Draper was renowned as one of the most vocal and gregarious Wings during his playing days, as was his usual line-mate Kirk Maltby, who is now a scout with the team. So will Maltby join the Twitter universe? Maybe.
“I might join just to get scoops, but not say anything,” Maltby said.
As for Osgood, no way. “Never, ever,” he said.
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