The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/06/11 at 01:17 AM ET
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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