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It’s officially official: The Red Wings have signed Ty Conklin to a one-year, $750,000 deal

Updated 6x at 12:10 PM—Conklin signed for 1 year at $750,000: The Red Wings have officially announced, via Twitter, that the team has indeed signed Ty Conklin to a one-year contract to back up Jimmy Howard:

The Red Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Ty Conklin on a one year contract.

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms, and here’s the team’s press release:


…  Veteran Netminder has Appeared in 200 NHL Games …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has signed free agent goaltender Ty Conklin to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Conklin previously tended goal for Detroit during the 2008-09 season, during which he went 25-11-2 with a 2.51 G.A.A. and a .909 SV%. In addition to his time with the Red Wings, Conklin has suited up for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers during his lengthy playing career. The 35-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska has amassed a record of 91-61-4-16 in 200 total NHL appearances to go along with 16 shutouts, a 2.64 G.A.A. and a .908 SV%.

Prior to turning pro in 2001, Conklin spent three seasons with the University of New Hampshire (NCAA), winning 57 games in 93 appearances during his tenure with the Wildcats while registering a G.A.A of 2.17. The 6’0”, 184 lb. puck stopper was twice named a Hockey East First Team All-Star (2000, 2001) and was an NCAA East First Team All-American (2001) during his highly-successful collegiate career.

Ty Conklin


Born Mar 30 1976 —Anchorage , AK

Height 6.00—Weight 184—Shoots R

Season   Team                 Lge   GP   Min   GA EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs   Pct


2001-02 Edmonton Oilers         NHL   4   148   4   0 0 1.62   2   0   0   62 0.939

2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs       AHL   37 2043   89   2 1 2.61 13 12   8   970 0.916

2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs       AHL   38 2140   91   2 4 2.55 19 13   3   973 0.914

2003-04 Edmonton Oilers         NHL   39 2085   84   2 1 2.42 17 14   4   875 0.912

2004-05 Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams   DEL   11   623   31   0 0 2.99   0   0   0   355 0.920

2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs       AHL   3   152   8   0 0 3.17   1   2   0   78 0.907

2005-06 Hartford Wolf Pack       AHL   2   130   5   0 0 2.31   1   0   1   68 0.932

2005-06 Edmonton Oilers         NHL   18   922   43   3 1 2.80   8   5   1   316 0.880

2006-07 Buffalo Sabres         NHL   5   227   13   0 0 3.43   1   2   0   107 0.892

2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets     NHL   11   491   27   0 0 3.30   2   3   2   183 0.871

2006-07 Syracuse Crunch         AHL   19 1085   60   1 0 3.32   3 12   3   551 0.902

2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins       NHL   33 1866   78   1 2 2.51 18   8   5   935 0.923

2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pen   AHL   18 1058   39   1 2 2.21 11   7   0   445 0.919

2008-09 Detroit Red Wings       NHL   40 2246   94   4 6 2.51 25 11   2   939 0.909

2009-10 St. Louis Blues         NHL   26 1451   60   2 4 2.48 10 10   2   704 0.921

2010-11 St. Louis Blues         NHL   25 1285   69   3 2 3.22   8   8   4   513 0.881

NHL TOTALS                       200 10722   472 15 16 2.64   91 61 16 4634 0.908

Update #2: The Free Press’s Helene St. James spoke to Ken Holland about the signing...

“We had him two years ago; he won 25 games for us; we know him as a person,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We like him. He’s a good fit.”

Conklin, 35, was brought in to back up starter Jimmy Howard after other plans fell apart. When free agency began July 1 the Wings went after Tomas Vokoun. They offered similar money to the $1.5 million he got from Washington, but the Capitals offered Vokoun a chance to be the starter, while Detroit’s opening was for a backup.

When Chris Osgood opted to retire Tuesday, Holland had Conklin lined up as an alternative. Conklin played for the Wings in ’08-09, going 25-11-2 with a .909 save percentage and 2.51 goals-against average.

“I know he’s excited to come back to Detroit,” Holland said. “He’s very comfortable being the back up. He’ll have a real good relationship with Jimmy Howard. Between Jimmy and Ty and re-signing Joey MacDonald, we feel real good about our depth in goal.”

Update #3: The Wings have posted the press release on their website as well, and TSN confirms, as does NHL.com.

Update #3.5: Ditto for Sportsline’s Brian Stubits.

Update #4: If we are to believe Andy Strickland, it’s a 1-year, $750,000 deal, leaving the Wings with just about $6 million in cap space remaining.

Aside from holding a press conference to talk about Kris Draper’s future over the next six to eight weeks, the Wings are probably done making moves for the summer.

The Detroit News also confirms.

Update #5: Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness also confirm.

Update #6: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms that Conklin will earn $750,000, as does MLive’s Ansar Khan.

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bezukov's avatar

I love the tandem of Jimmy and Ty.  All the better that we have Joey Mac Donald weighting on deck if Jimmah or Ty loses their edge.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/20/11 at 12:38 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I’m glad Babs has the option to whip out his Conk when Jimmah needs a breather.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 07/20/11 at 12:43 PM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

Welcome back Conks. Well it seems like the team is set now unless Happy is dealt and Draper is brought back which doesnt seem likely.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/20/11 at 12:48 PM ET

squirrely's avatar

Hopefully we can trade Huds for a winger with some grit.  Can Shanny come out of retirement and take Huds place.  We need a James Neal type guy.  Size, grit, and some resemblance of hands.

Posted by squirrely from Dirty Jersey on 07/20/11 at 01:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

It’s always nice to get your Conk back.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 07/20/11 at 01:55 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

This is great news. Is there a better tandem of goalies for the money anywhere in the league? I didn’t think so.

Now to trade Hudler for anything and figure out Draper, then GAME ON!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 07/20/11 at 02:01 PM ET


What a steal! Good to have him back

Posted by Jesters Dead on 07/20/11 at 02:15 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is a good thing.

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/20/11 at 02:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

First, we have “JIMMEH!”

Then, we had “OZZIE!” (in a backup perspective).

And JMac’s “tracking that shit.”

Finally, we have “CONK-BLOCKED” returning.

Oh, we’re ready for TC in TC.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/20/11 at 05:00 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Very happy about this. Especially at such a low cost. I was expecting more like a 1.5M deal. Does feel odd to have so much cap space left.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/20/11 at 05:42 PM ET

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