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Four-time Cup champ Maltby signs with Red Wings

Wednesday, 09.08.2010 / 1:53 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010
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Four-time Cup champ Maltby signs with Red Wings
Kirk Maltby skated with some of his Red Wings' teammates Wednesday morning at Joe Louis Arena, then signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain with the organization that he has played with for 13 of 16 NHL seasons.

The 37-year-old veteran forward has played 908 regular-season games with the Red Wings and won four Stanley Cup championships. Maltby, who was an unrestricted free agent this summer, will likely have to clear waivers to be assigned to the club's AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.

Maltby will head up to Traverse City, the site of the Red Wings' four-day training camp next week in northern Michigan. While he'll compete for a roster spot with the Wings, it's more likely that he'll begin the upcoming season in Grand Rapids, which is about a three-hour drive from Detroit.

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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals