Rumor/fact, whatever it is right now, says Kirk Maltby is going to be in Grand Rapids soon. In other words, he is going back to Detroit, but won't exactly be "in the lineup," for now.
Let me be really frank about this: Go away Maltby. It's time to leave. This is not a personal attack on the guy. I appreciate everything he has done for the team during the past 15 years or so. However, it is time for him to move on. It is time for the team to move on.
Maybe this is just temporary until he can find a job within the organization which doesn't involve playing hockey. I was thinking he would go play on another roster - where he might get some better ice time. Yet, it's clear now that he wants to stay close to Detroit. Moreover, I didn't know he is healthy.
I hope both parties involved make the right move.