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Report: Red Wings’ Web site caption reveals that Kris Draper will announce retirement on Tuesday

Jul 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

Colin Wilson, Kris Draper AP

If the last few days taught us anything, it’s that it’s tough to keep secrets in the Internet age. For those of you who wondered why the Winnipeg Jets shared their new logo on what seemed like a random Friday in July, the reasoning becomes obvious when you consider the fact that it was already leaked.

This time around, it was a team’s own Web site that accidentally shared the news, as George Malik showed off his sharp vision by pointing out that a Kris Draper photo caption spilled the beans that he will announce his retirement on Tuesday.

To be fair to the Red Wings, it’s not as if Draper’s announcement can really compare to the retirements of Chris Osgood and Brian Rafalski or Nicklas Lidstrom‘s to opt against retirement. Injuries and healthy scratches limited Draper to just 47 games played during the 2010-11 regular season and although he’s made some appearances in the playoffs, he’s averaged less than 10 minutes per postseason contest the last three years.

Many associate Detroit’s incredible run of success with draft day steals, but Draper represents one of the team’s better reclamation projects (see also: Daniel Cleary). The first version of the Winnipeg Jets traded him to the Red Wings in June 1993 and Draper stuck with the Red Wings ever since, becoming a part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams. Draper will probably be best remembered for his days on “The Grind Line,” which also featured Joe Kocur and Kirk Maltby.

Obviously, this is far from official, so we’ll pass along an update if/once he decides to retire.

Update: It’s official, but the press conference will take place tomorrow as indicated.

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Not bad for $1. 4 Cups, 6 Finals, OT SC Finals game winner, Selke Trophy. Knew it was happneing because he didn’t want to tryout and the Wings aren’t going to lose someone like Emmerton for Draper.

  2. danandtardy - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Joe Kocur may have appeared on the Grind Line at some point, but it was mostly Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Darren McCarty.

    Draper’s leadership (from what I’ve heard always first out on the ice) and face-off skill will be missed.

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      Actually from 1997-1998 it was mostly Kocur. Mac was on the line for starting games usually. McCarty was on the line with Yzerman and Holmstrom/Sandstrom Mac took over that spot once Kocur was during the 99 season.

  3. abrienza428 - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    He probably would’ve retired a couple years ago if Sidney Crosby shook his hand.

  4. polegojim - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    I believe that’s the best decision.

    If so, thanks Drapes – you’ll always be Red, White, and Winged-Wheeled to us.

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