The Afternoon Shift – Oct. 5

Photo by John VanderHaagen

Three days until the ball drops on the 2010-11 season and preparations are in full swing at Van Andel Arena. The ice is being installed, player photos were taken today, Chris Chelios is in town to work with the Griffins’ defensive corps, and Grand Rapids’ roster has shifted into fine-tuning mode.

All hands are now on deck, with the possible exceptions of Kirk Maltby and Derek Meech, who were waived today to get Detroit’s roster down to 23 players prior to Wednesday’s NHL roster deadline. We’ll know at this time tomorrow if either the four-time Stanley Cup champion or the 2007 AHL All-Star will join the Griffins prior to Friday’s opener against Abbotsford. Steve Yzerman claimed Mattias Ritola off waivers earlier today, so who knows if the Hockeytown legend has another move in mind.

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