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Kris Draper | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (46) / 5/24/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 3 (62) / Wpg

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Kris Draper has decided to hang up his skates.
"This is the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make because I love the game of hockey, and I love being a Red Wing," Draper said. "I consider myself one of the luckiest athletes of all time to be able to play with this organization for 17 years." Draper won the Frank J. Selke trophy and four Stanley Cups as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He had 364 points and 790 penalty minutes in 1,157 career games with the Winnipeg Jets and Red Wings. Tue, Jul 26, 2011 12:26:00 PM

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Kris Draper is expected to announce his retirement Tuesday morning.

Draper and Red Wings GM Ken Holland will attend an 11am ET news conference. Draper was interested in re-signing with Detroit, but the team probably couldn't guarantee him a roster spot, given their current makeup. We'll keep you posted.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 09:02:00 AM

Kris Draper will reportedly announce his retirement in the near future.

Draper was interested in re-signing with the Detroit Red Wings, but there wasn't a roster spot available for him. He never had much fantasy value, but he had a long and successful NHL career. Draper scored 161 goals and 364 points in 1,157 career games with the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 02:31:00 PM

Kris Draper, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, has no interest in reporting to Detroit's training camp unless he's been signed to a contract first.

"Zero chance," said Draper. "I think I've proven myself to the Red Wings organization and (general manager) Kenny (Holland) knows what I'm all about after all these years." Draper wants to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but they might not have space for him on their squad. Draper plans to talk with Red Wings GM Ken Holland soon, but in the meantime, he's been preparing for the 2011-12 season. We'll keep you posted.
Fri, Jul 15, 2011 09:08:00 AM

Unrestricted free agent Kris Draper wants to stay with Detroit, but there might not be any room for him on their roster.

"No doubt he wants to play ... and play in Detroit," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "We don't have any cap issues, but we have to sort out what we're doing with our 14 forwards." It's possible that Draper will agree to a two-way contract with the knowledge that he would begin the season in the minors, but be a candidate to be called up if someone gets injured, but that doesn't seem likely. However, Draper could end up retiring and accepting a job within the Red Wings' organization. We'll keep you posted.
Thu, Jul 14, 2011 09:04:00 AM

Kris Draper is expected to know what his status is with the Detroit Red Wings in seven to 10 days.

He has met with GM Ken Holland twice and wants to return for another season with the Wings. Holland asked Draper about the possibility of taking another position with the organization, but the veteran forward's top priority right now is playing. Draper also expressed that he can't envision himself suiting up anywhere except Detroit. We'll keep you posted on what happens.
Wed, Jun 8, 2011 04:54:00 PM

The Detroit Red Wings won't decide on Kris Draper's fate until mid-June at the earliest.

Draper turned 40 in May, but he wants to return for the 2011-12 season. The problem is Detroit already has 10 forwards under contract and they are interested in re-signing soon-to-be free agents Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. There might not be any room for Draper on the fourth line.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 10:33:00 AM

Kris Draper would like to return to the Detroit Red Wings for one more season.

Draper, who turns 40 in nine more days is a part-time fourth line player at best at this stage of his career. "I'm closing in on that," Draper said about retirement. "I just want to do what's right for my family, No. 1. What's right for myself. What's right for this organization as well, which I respect so much. That's why I want to definitely have a good meeting with Kenny and talk with him." It is unlikely that Draper would play for another NHL team if Detroit declines to sign him. He has no fantasy value.
Sun, May 15, 2011 09:03:00 AM

Kris Draper was a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

Draper had no points and a minus-two rating in his lastt two games. He had six goals and 11 points in 47 regular season games in 2010-11.
Wed, May 11, 2011 10:14:00 AM

Kris Draper is expected to be Detroit's only roster change up front for Wednesday night's contest versus San Jose.

He will take Drew Miller's spot on the fourth line alongside Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves. Draper skated in all four playoff games against Phoenix in the opening round, but he has been a healthy scratch in both of the Wings' previous two contests in the semifinals.
Wed, May 4, 2011 12:36:00 PM

Kris Draper, who was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, might play on Wednesday.

Draper skated on the fourth line with Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves Tuesday morning. "I talked to Mike this morning," Draper said. "He said I was going to be back in. It’s never fun to be a healthy scratch, especially at this time of year, the most important time of the year." It's worth noting that despite Draper's statement, coach Mike Babcock has declined to confirm the change.
Tue, May 3, 2011 03:33:00 PM

Kris Draper was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

This was expected as he is getting up there in age. The Wings will likely rest him more until the playoffs begin. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Sun, Mar 6, 2011 09:23:00 AM

Kris Draper was back in the Detroit lineup on Thursday after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

Draper replaced Drew Miller in the lineup. The veteran, who will turn 40 in May, is winding down his NHL career and hasn't been fantasy relevant in years.
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 08:29:00 AM

Kris Draper knows that his career is winding down.

Draper, who is primarily serving as a fourth liner, will turn 40 in May. He's one of those players that's more useful to his team than he is to any fantasy squad. He's played in 1,138 career games, mostly for Detroit, but he's never done much offensively. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's not clear if he plans to retire or if the Red Wings plan to re-sign him.
Mon, Feb 14, 2011 10:53:00 AM

Kris Draper was a healthy scratch on Wednesday.

Draper was replaced in the lineup by Jiri Hudler. Draper has no fantasy value.
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 09:28:00 AM

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