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Kirk Maltby to announce he is retiring

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surreal. Only 1/3 of the Grind Line is left in the NHL.

Draper is probably a lot closer to retirement than he wants to admit.

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So... Maltby what was the point of signing a contract if you was just going to retire?

He thought he had a chance at making our roster, but he didn't outplay anyone in the preseason. I think this is good for both sides, but I think he could have helped out the Griffins a bit.

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So... Maltby what was the point of signing a contract if you was just going to retire?

He still wanted to play this year, but at the top level. As a returning player he needed a contract to show up to camp and fight for a spot.

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Why'd he resign if he was going to retire anyway? And then he cleared waivers. That just got my hopes up. I don't want him to retire. I specifically told him, "I really hope you resign...I hope to see you out there again" But did he listen to me? NO! I'm so upset right now. :( Well, I hope he made the right decision for himself. Best of luck to you Malts. I'll miss reading your lips as you drop F-bombs. Thanks for all the years. :clap:

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He thought he had a chance at making our roster, but he didn't outplay anyone in the preseason. I think this is good for both sides, but I think he could have helped out the Griffins a bit.

This 100% - Everyone bitching about him "signing a contract" - What does it hurt to keep your options open?!?!? It was 2 way, so it doesn't count against the cap and maybe he didn't know he couldn't handle playing in the AHL until it was a reality...

I'm just glad he's not playing anywhere else... one hell of a career and that front office role is just waiting for you Malts!

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Too bad. I love that there were so many winners still in the system from the winning years. Good for the team, though: let the kids play!

You will be greatly missed, Malts!!!

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I was really looking forward to what he could bring to the Griffins, but I can understand. He has a young daughter and a family that he probably didn't want to live 3 hours from all year long.

Thanks for the years, Malts.

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Many, many thanks for all the years of service, Kirk.

I hope you decide to take up the Wings' offer of a front office job!

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He'll be sorely missed, at least by me.

I wish he would've taught some of the guys in GR how to be a first-rate a-hole on the ice before retiring, however.

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I was really looking forward to what he could bring to the Griffins, but I can understand. He has a young daughter and a family that he probably didn't want to live 3 hours from all year long.

Thanks for the years, Malts.

exactly.

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The last couple of years made me sad, seeing so much hatred directed towards Maltby by Wings fans on these boards....how quickly they forget. Hopefully everyone will just remember the good times now.

Thanks for all the great memories Kirk

:champs: :champs: :champs: :champs:

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When one door closes, another one opens...

He never had a boatload of points, but you can't fault the guy who has four Stanley Cups as part of his resume. Here's hoping the next part of the journey will be as positive and exciting as the last one was. Thanks for the memories, and all the times at training camp that you were a complete gentleman. You'll be missed.

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This is a shame but all things considered, it is probably the best thing that could happen for the Wings and Maltby as well. He probably did not want to play elsehwere and now I believe he will join the front office in some capacity (scout). Dude was outstanding in his prime and has taken far too much abuse on these boards. Makes me depressed to see him retire on a day wherein the Wings and Avs will be locking horns.

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