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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: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:27 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

The only better signing could've been Tomas Vokoun, but he clearly wanted a team where he had a legitimate shot to play often, if not be the #1 goalie. Welcome back, Ty. Hope Detroit still feels like home and you're able to bring back your A game for us.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

I like the guy, and he did well with the Wings, but those are some uglyyy numbers the last 2 seasons..hope he gets it back. 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

This deal was a "no-brainer" from the minute that the story came out that the Red Wings were looking for a backup goalie and the list of the goalies that were on the market. Why would Holland sign any of the other goalies besides Conklin when Conklin knows the organization pretty well?



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Good move by Holland



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

good signing



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:57 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

Ty did well in his last stint with the Wings. I'll hope for more of the same this time around. The cap hit is very small. It's just what the Wings need to back up Howard.


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