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Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:26 am
 

By Brian Stubits

That sure didn't take the Red Wings long.

A day after announcing Chris Osgood's retirement, Detroit GM Ken Holland wasted no time in turning his attention to Plan B for a backup goaltender, targeting former Wing Ty Conklin. Mission accomplished.

The team announced it has reached an agreement with the goaltender on a one-year contract to backup Jimmy Howard.

You have to give Holland this: He's good to the guys who have been good to him. So instead of trying for some of the other free agents available such as Ray Emery, he goes with the familiar and somebody he has seen before. Granted, Conklin's time with the Wings was brief, but it was enough to make an impression on Holland, it would appear.

Conklin returns to Detroit after spending the last two seasons in St. Louis. In two years he had an 18-18-6 mark but saw his numbers drop to .881 save percentage and 3.22 GAA this past season. He played in 40 games for Detroit in 2008-09 with a record of 25-11-2.

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Comments

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:37 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

'Emery is an overrated goalie and Turco is finished. Another excellent move by the NHL's best organization. In fact, I truly believe they're N.America's best organization'
so you a normal joe wouldnt take overrated,or washed up...but a hockey team is the best because they know what the common people know??detroit is a great organization,but not because of this common sence move lol



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:23 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

That sure didn't take the long.

A day after announcing Chris Osgood's retirement, Detroit GM Ken Holland wasted no time in turning his attention to Plan B for a backup goaltender, targeting former Wing Ty Conklin. Mission accomplished.

The team announced it has reached an agreement with the goaltender on a one-year contract to backup .

You have to give Holland this: He's good to the guys who have been good to him. So instead of trying for some of the other free agents available such as Ray Emery, he goes with the familiar and somebody he has seen before. Granted, Conklin's time with the Wings was brief, but it was enough to make an impression on Holland, it would appear.

Conklin returns to Detroit after spending the last two seasons in St. Louis. In two years he had an 18-18-6 mark but saw his numbers drop to .881 save percentage and 3.22 GAA this past season. He played in 40 games for Detroit in 2008-09 with a record of 25-11-2.

 Even though I'm a life-long NY Rangers fan, I have to say the Red Wings are by far the best organization in the NHL. This move proves why. Conklin is a solid back-up and can even start on a team as talented as Detroit. Emery is an overrated goalie and Turco is finished. Another excellent move by the NHL's best organization. In fact, I truly believe they're N.America's best organization.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 10:08 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

This is exactly the kind of move that demonstrates why the Wings win year after year.  They don't overpay, they draft better than any 
other team given where they draft each year, and develop the players they've drafted into the "Red Wings way". Conklin will be just fine in Detroit and is an excellent compliment to Howard.   See you in the playoffs in 2012.



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:25 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Conklin's stats will instantly improve with Mr. Lidstrom playing in front of him.




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

"Detroit is one of the top three sports organizations on the world, no suprise they have been to playoffs 19 straight, with 6 SC appearances winning 4"



Detroit has made the playoffs 20 straight.   



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Detroit is one of the top three sports organizations on the world, no suprise they have been to playoffs 19 straight, with 6 SC appearances winning 4.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

All things considered...a good move. Hopefully being w/ the Wings again will give Conklin a lift. If so, look for his numbers to improve.
Relieved the Wings didn't sign Emery.



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Great move by Ken Holland signing Ty to a 1 year deal. It will pay dividends as he is going to be playing for a longer contract next year and it will make Joey Macdonald also stand up and be noticed. An absolute win-win for Detroit. Conklins mediocre numbers the past 2 years are more of a reflection of how bad St Louis has been during that time, not just how bad Ty played. He will be fine in Detroit. I like the off season pick-ups so far!




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Solid.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:53 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

good move detroit!


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