Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings sent veteran forward Kirk Maltby to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old saw limited action over 52 games last season, posting four goals and six points. He was inactive since mid-February after having surgery on an arthritic shoulder.
Nonetheless, the club brought back the feisty winger with a one-year, two-way contract for what will be his 17th NHL season.
A mainstay on four Stanley Cup winning teams with Detroit, he did not play in the post-season last year for the Red Wings, who were knocked out in the Western Conference semifinals by San Jose.
Maltby has scored 128 goals and 260 points in 1,072 regular season games for the Wings and Edmonton Oilers and added 16 goals and 15 helpers in 169 career playoff games.