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Kirk Maltby officially retired from the NHL on Tuesday, announcing his decision alongside Red Wings general manager Ken Holland at Joe Louis Arena. A video of his announcement can be found below.
Ansar Khan is reporting that Kirk Maltby has decided to retire and will officially announce his decision at 5:30 p.m. today. Maltby had been contemplating retirement after not making the Red Wings and being assigned to Grand Rapids. Rather than continue his playing career in the AHL, Maltby has decided to hang up the skates.
Maltby entered the NHL in the early 90s and joined the Red Wings in the 1995-96 season after Edmonton traded him. He went on to spend the next 13 seasons with the Red Wings, most notably as a member of the Grind Line with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty.
During his career, Maltby helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cup titles (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008). He played in more than 1,000 games in 17 years in the league and is one of the beloved Wings from the last two decades.
Ken Holland has hinted that Maltby has a job as a scout available to him upon retirement, so it will be interesting to see if he does in fact take it. I'm sure we will find out more during Maltby's announcement later today.
It was expected that Kirk Maltby would make a decision about his future after the weekend, but nothing has been announced yet. A decision could be coming today, though, and if Maltby decides to retire, he may immediately begin a job as a scout for the Red Wings.
"I’ve talked to Kirk about keeping him in our organization," Holland said. "The one guy who left and we haven’t filled his spot is Pat Verbeek. We had three pro scouts, we’re down to two."
All signs point to Maltby retiring, but he obviously is thinking long and hard about what to do. For him, this is a potentially life-changing decision, so it's smart to make sure you're absolutely certain of it before announcing anything.
Ken Holland met with Kirk Maltby on Thursday to discuss Maltby's future.
The long-time Red Wing has been assigned to Grand Rapids and is going to take the weekend to decide if he wants to play in Grand Rapids or retire. Holland had this to say following the meeting:
"I know which way (Maltby) is leaning. I told him to take the weekend and make his final decision on Monday,'' Holland said.
Ansar Khan speculates that Maltby is leaning toward retirement. If he does in fact decide to hang up his skates, it's possible that he could be offered a job in the Red Wings organization.
Although Meech is for sure headed to Grand Rapids, things aren't as certain with Maltby, who may just retire rather than continue his career in the AHL.
General manager Ken Holland said today that Maltby "is taking a day to decide." His options are either to go to Grand Rapids or to retire.
If a forward goes down with an injury, Maltby would likely get the call up from Grand Rapids, so it'd be nice if he keeps playing. It's completely understandable if he opts for retirement, though. Having to play in the AHL after such a long career in the NHL can't be easy, so whatever Maltby decides will make sense for him.
As expected, the Red Wings put forward Kirk Maltby and defenseman Derek Meech on waivers today, trimming their roster down to the league-maximum 23 players. The moves also put the Wings below the salary cap, which was required to happen by 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Teams have until noon tomorrow to claim Maltby and/or Meech. If no claims come in, then the two players will be sent down to Grand Rapids. Considering Meech already cleared waivers once, the expectation is that he will end up playing for the Griffins. The same goes for Maltby, who also isn't expected to be claimed.
With Maltby and Meech off the Wings' roster, it now looks like this:
Justin Abdelkader, Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Hudler, Drew Miller, Mike Modano, Henrik Zetterberg
Continuing to get closer to finalizing their roster, the Red Wings assigned two more players to Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Neither player was expected to make the Red Wings, so these two moves come as no surprise. Janik will serve as veteran defensive depth down in Grand Rapids, as will MacDonald for the goalie position.
The Red Wings had to put Mattias Ritola on waivers because that was the only way he could be sent down to Grand Rapids. The hope was that Ritola would clear waivers and be able to spend another year developing in Grand Rapids. Unfortunately for Detroit, Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept that from happening by claiming Ritola.
What this means is that Ritola is now a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is no longer a part of the Red Wings' organization, which is a bit disappointing.
He was a fourth-round pick in 2005 and had potential. That potential just never showed when he got opportunities with the Red Wings, and there simply wasn't room on the roster for Ritola. As a result, the Wings' only option was to expose him to the waiver wire, and Yzerman and the Lightning jumped at the opportunity to pick him up.
With the roster needing to be trimmed down to 23 players by Wednesday afternoon, the Red Wings got a step closer to finalizing their team by placing forward Mattias Ritola on waivers.
If Ritola clears waivers -- teams have until noon on Tuesday to put in a roster claim -- then he will be assigned to Grand Rapids like many other players have recently. If a team does claim him, then he will no longer be a part of the Wings' organization going forward.
For Detroit, the hope is that Ritola will clear waivers and be able to spend more time in Grand Rapids. They're not ready to give up on him as a player, but going through waivers is his only route to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings' roster is down to 29 players after 12 more were assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday:
Goalies: Thomas McCollum
The Wings will finalize their roster in the coming days with the regular season beginning on Friday.
Among them was highly touted Slovakian talent Tomas Tatar. Detroit drafted Tatar 60th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry draft, but they obviously felt the 19-year-old wasn’t quite ready for NHL play. The Wings are overloaded at forward anyway, so it’s really no surprise.
In addition to Tatar, the Wings sent forwards Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke and Jamie Johnson as well as goaltender Jordan Pearce to the Griffins. The move leaves the team with 35 players on their roster.
With the preseason winding down and the regular season nearing (just a week and a day to go), the Red Wings have started to trim their roster, moving 10 players.
Joining Amadio in Grand Rapids are eight players who were assigned to the Wings' AHL affiliate: Willie Coetzee, Ilari Filppula, Jamie Tardif, Travis Ehrhardt, Sergei Kolosov, Sebastien Piche, Logan Pyett and Thomas McCollum.
In the next week, the Red Wings will have to trim their roster from 40 to 23 players and get under the salary cap.