Red Wings' Kris Draper Announces Retirement

Red Wings forward Kris Draper announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday morning. He will now join the Red Wings' front office and continue working with the team.

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Red Wings' Kris Draper Announces Retirement

Just as teammates Brian Rafalski and Chris Osgood did earlier this offseason, Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday. Draper made the announcement during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena that was attended by many of his current and former teammates, general manager Ken Holland, the Ilitches and his family.

Draper retires after playing 1,137 total games with the Red Wings over 17 seasons. After notably being traded from the Winnipeg Jets for $1, he went on to win four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008) and was named the Selke Trophy winner in 2004. He finishes his career with 161 goals and 203 assists.

Although Draper is leaving the Red Wings' roster, he is set to join the front office. Holland and Draper have not decided on an official job title yet, but Draper will still be working with the franchise in the future and will remain close to the team.

With Draper's retirement now official, offseason activity involving the Red Wings roster is likely over. Their roster is basically set for the 2011-12 season, and barring a late-summer trade, no more notable moves are likely to happen.

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Kris Draper To Announce Retirement Tuesday Morning

The earlier speculation about an impending Kris Draper retirement announcement turned out to be correct. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Draper is in fact holding a news conference on Tuesday. It will begin at 11 a.m. and take place at Joe Louis Arena, and Draper is going to announce his retirement.

When Draper retires, he will be the third Red Wings player to hang up his skates this offseason and the fourth in the last year or so. Already this offseason Brian Rafalski and Chris Osgood have retired, and last year Kirk Maltby retired. Now Draper will be the latest Red Wing to call it a career.

Like Maltby, Draper is retiring because there wasn't room on the roster for him. Maltby actually went to training camp to compete for a spot and retired after not making the team. Draper didn't want to go through that and is going to retire now rather than after competing for a spot during camp.

The disappointing thing is that Draper could still play, but with the way the roster is right now, there just isn't room for him.

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Red Wings Announce Ty Conklin Signing

The Detroit Red Wings announced Wednesday morning that goaltender Ty Conklin is back with the team. Confirming earlier reports, the Red Wings said Conklin signed a one-year deal for what will be his second stint in Detroit.

The terms of the contract weren't announced, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Conklin's deal is worth $750,000.

With Conklin now back, the Red Wings are set at goalie. Jimmy Howard will be in his third year of starting when the 2011-12 season rolls around, and Conklin will serve as his backup. In case either player goes down with an injury, the Red Wings will have Joey MacDonald in Grand Rapids to call up. He re-signed with the Red Wings earlier this month to return as the third goalie. His deal is of the two-way variety for year one of his two-year contract.

Conklin first played for the Red Wings in 2008 after the team won the Stanley Cup. Conklin was expected to be Chris Osgood's backup, but the two goalies ended up splitting time during the regular season. Osgood was the starter in the playoffs and led the Red Wings back to the Stanley Cup finals, but Conklin started 40 games during the regular season and won 25 of them.

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