NHL NOTES

1. MALTBY STILL A WING

Four time Stanley Cup winner Kirk Maltby will be returning to the Detroit Red Wings this fall as he recently agreed to a one year two way contract. Maltby who played an important checking role on the Wings Stanley Cup teams in 1997, ’98, 2002 and 2008 played only 52 games last season due to needing surgery in February on his shoulder. At 37 years-old he still managed to post four goals and six points to go along with a +1 rating. His best season with Detroit came in 2003 when he scored 14 goals 37 points and registered a +17. Overall he has scored 128 goals, 260 points in over 1000 games with the Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers who drafted him in the third round back in 1992.

DAWES BECOMING A THRASHER

Coming off a career season that saw him score 14 goals and 32 points Nigel Dawes decided to leave the Calgary Flames and sign with the Atlanta Thrashers as an unrestricted free agent. Dawes who was originally drafted fifth round by the New York Rangers in 2003 signed a one year two way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and only $105,000 at the American Hockey League level. In 199 games with the Rangers and Calgary Flames this 25 year-old has scored 39 goals and 83 points.

CROSBY A HOMERUN

It looks like Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby has another sports talent besides for hockey. Taking some batting practice at PNC Park with some of his teammates on Wednesday afternoon the 23 year-old amazed onlookers when he hit a homerun over the right field wall. “I grew up playing (baseball) Crosby said. “I stopped when I was 13. I liked it though, it was a lot of fun.”

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