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Kirk Maltby, Derek Meech Clear Waivers, Assigned To Grand Rapids

Kirk Maltby and Derek Meech, who were placed on waivers by the Red Wings earlier this week, have cleared waivers. As a result, the Wings assigned both players to Grand Rapids.

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.