Will he or won’t he? That’s the question when it comes to Kirk Maltby, the four-time Stanley Cup champion who cleared waivers today and was assigned to Grand Rapids. Will he retire, or will he decide to play in the AHL for the first time in 15 years? Given their immense repect for and gratitude toward the 37-year-old forward for all he’s done for the franchise, the Wings are giving him time to make his decision. We’ll find out soon.
Meanwhile, the other player to be assigned to Grand Rapids today, defenseman Derek Meech, is looking forward to returning to West Michigan. One of the great gentlemen who’ve worn a Griffins uniform, he told MLive’s Ansar Khan, “It’ll be nice to play every night, to compete, kind of get back to the player I know I can be. I’ll prepare myself for hopefully taking the next step to the NHL again some day.” A lot has changed since Meech last played full time on the team’s blue line in 2007, but it’s great to see that his personality and attitude have not. It’ll be fun to see him skate onto the Van Andel Arena ice on Friday.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Meech and Maltby assigned to Griffins (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Owens aims to be “front-line soldier” (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Video: The Red Wings’ goalies (Detroit News)
- Red Wings’ Kirk Maltby will take a day to decide on future: Grand Rapids or retirement (MLive)
- Red Wings’ Kirk Maltby clears waivers, deciding what to do (Detroit Free Press)
Alumni news and notes:
- Red Wings hopeful, but not positive, about status of Todd Bertuzzi, Justin Abdelkader (MLive)
- Red Wings pair Jonathan Ericsson with Nicklas Lidstrom (MLive)
- Jonathan Ericsson reunited with Nick Lidstrom (Detroit Free Press)
Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard focused on getting better (Detroit News)
Youth movement has Wings excited (Detroit News)