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Foot in or foot out? Khan says the Red Wings may sign Ty Conklin after all

This issue’s started to become a mobius strip’s worth of confusing in terms of trying to sort it out: on Tuesday afternoon, MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness reported that Red Wings GM Ken Holland had essentially called off his search for a back-up goaltender until Chris Osgood returns from a golfing trip with several Red Wings teammates in Scotland, with Holland wishing to speak with Osgood in person before deciding whether the team would either retain Osgood, who struggled to recover from sports hernia and reconstructive surgery on his groin during the second half of the 2010-2011 season, or whether the team might choose to pursue a back-up goaltender with a lesser resume.

All things being equal, Holland sounded genuinely torn as to whether the Wings would part ways with a 400-game-winning goaltender who was also a fantastic mentor for Jimmy Howard, but this morning, Khan’s reporting that the team is already talking to Ty Conklin’s agent and may bring him back to Detroit instead of hoping that Osgood’s groin holds up during training camp:

The club is negotiating with Conklin’s agent, hoping to sign the 35-year-old as its backup goaltender. A source said Tuesday that Detroit has “a pretty good chance” to sign Conklin.

And, and perhaps moreover, Khan reports that Joey MacDonald may in fact return to the team after initially choosing to pursue either a full-time NHL back-up’s position…

The Red Wings still are talking to the agent for Joey MacDonald, in hopes of signing him as their No. 3 goalie in the organization. MacDonald, 31, is seeking a one-way contract (NHL-only salary) and was said to have an offer from a Russian team as a contingency plan.

The Red Wings might sign MacDonald to a one-way deal for around $550,000 as the starter for the Grand Rapids Griffins. That would give them a veteran insurance policy to recall in case of injury. MacDonald went 5-5-3 with a 2.58 GAA and .917 save percentage for the Red Wings this past season.

Khan offers this tidbit about the Wings’ search for a goaltender…

The Red Wings made a pitch for Tomas Vokoun, but he signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

And it sounds like we’ll know who Mike Babcock’s tabbed as his assistant coaches-to-be in short order:

Coach Mike Babcock has been speaking mostly to younger candidates who have coached in the AHL, college or the major junior ranks.

There is a good chance their new assistant coaches will not have coached or played in the NHL.

“Think young, hungry guys, aggressive guys that want to be (like) Mike Babcock four years from now,” said one person familiar with the search.

And for the hell of it, Chris Chelios happened to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during Tuesday night’s Cubs game, per WGN:


Also: The overnight report will be more like a “mid-morning report” today as I’ve got a four-hour drive to Traverse City to make and happen to be a little under the weather due to allergies. Every once in a while, even bloggers need to rest up and prepare themselves for a long trip.

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NickLidstrom's avatar

Tomas Vokoun knows he is too good of a goalie to be Jimmy Howard’s back-up. I’ve always liked Conklin but I’d rather have Ozzy in there. Feel like the geezer’s still got some game in him, especially if he’s fully healthy like he claims to be.

Posted by NickLidstrom from a Higher Ground on 07/06/11 at 01:38 AM ET


I’d love to see a Guy like Danton Cole get an assistant coaching job with the wings

Posted by diesel44 on 07/06/11 at 02:12 AM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

Drive safe!

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 07/06/11 at 02:30 AM ET


In recent years, Conklin and Osgood have been just about even in terms of performance when they’re healthy and Osgood is great to have in the dressing room. So if we can get a decent insurance plan in the form of MacDonald, then I’d imagine it makes sense to sign Osgood,

Posted by Seth9 on 07/06/11 at 02:43 AM ET

steph's avatar

Sounds to me like KH is a class act.
He’ll sign Conklin, but first he waits for Ozzy to return from Scotland and tell it to him in person.

Posted by steph from Bonn, Germany on 07/06/11 at 03:15 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

That’s the issue.. he claimed he was healthy in feb and really wasn’t.. wasn’t in the playoffs either

I don’t think Ozzy was malicious in his early prognosis of good health.  He was just incorrect, or not quite fully adjusted to how much longer he’d stay injured as an older version of himself.  These things happen.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/06/11 at 05:16 AM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Have a safe journey, George!

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 07/06/11 at 08:01 AM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Drive safely, George. Also, try to avoid the mess that is the cherry festiva.  I am almost positive that is this week ::shudder::.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 07/06/11 at 09:09 AM ET


Re: Joey last year. The wings really let him down. When he was in, with a pretty decent save percentage, he fight win because the Wings never scored any damn goals. .917sv isn’t HOF, but it should have been better than 5-5-3.

Posted by teldar on 07/06/11 at 09:20 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

Interesting that the Wings made a pitch for Vokoun, very interesting.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 07/06/11 at 09:50 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good stuff George! 

Top off the ole Yugo and point that baby North!  Have a great time and don’t be bashful aboot throwing some Cherry Festival reports into yur postings!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 07/06/11 at 11:26 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Either McDonald or Conklin would make me pretty pleased.  I love Ozzie, but its time for him to retire.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/06/11 at 01:22 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Sounds to me like KH is a class act.
He’ll sign Conklin, but first he waits for Ozzy to return from Scotland and tell it to him in person.

Posted by steph from Bonn, Germany on 07/06/11 at 02:15 AM ET

Exactly what I was thinking.  And having Joey Mac as a #3 would be great. 

George, have a safe trip and a great time!

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/06/11 at 02:03 PM ET


macdonald signed two year deal

Posted by truth on 07/09/11 at 05:34 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Where’d you hear this?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/09/11 at 06:35 PM ET

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