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by George Malik on 02/10/13 at 12:27 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings have something of a goalie glut, so it isn't exactly a stunner to hear that the CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Wings have chosen to attempt to accommodate Joey MacDonald's desire for a trade out of town by waiving him before sending him down to Grand Rapids for a two-week conditioning stint:
The Wings didn't have to waive him to send him down for a conditioning stint...and as his contract is a one-way deal, he's going to count against the Wings' cap figure regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or AHL.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms...
The Detroit Red Wings have waived goaltender Joey MacDonald. If he clears waivers by noon Monday he will be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
MacDonald hasn't played since March 14, 2012, when his season ended due to a bugling disc. After 10 months of rehabilitation, he has been cleared to play.
MacDonald, who turned 33 last Thursday, went 8-5-1, with a 2.16 goals-against average and .912 save percentage for the Red Wings in 2011-12. He stepped in when Jimmy Howard was injured and won seven games in a row at one point, winning the back-up job from Ty Conklin.
The club signed Jonas Gustavsson on July 1 to be Howard's backup. Gustavsson has been out since Jan. 22 with a groin pull. He has been skating on his own the past several days but isn't sure when he'll return. Until then, rookie Petr Mrazek will continue to back-up Howard.
The Red Wings tried to accommodate MacDonald's trade request over the summer but found no takers.
MacDonald is 31-48-13, with a 3.04 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in parts of six seasons with Detroit, Boston, Toronto and the New York Islanders.
As does the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
The Wings have placed backup goalie Joey MacDonald on waivers. He has until noon Monday to clear waivers and then the Wings will assign him to Grand Rapids.
MacDonald hasn’t played in a game since March 14 when his back flared up in a 4-0 loss in Anaheim. It was learned later that he had a slightly bulging disc. He did not require surgery. He did have back surgery in 2006.
Last season, MacDonald won seven games in a row as the starter and finished 8-5-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
With the signing of Jonas Gustavsson, who’s still out with a groin injury, this offseason and the emergence of Petr Mrazek, MacDonald’s days in Detroit seemed numbered.
MacDonald is in the final year of a one-way contract at $550,000, which means he’ll get paid the same amount of money if he’s in the NHL or minors. For his career, MacDonald is 31-48-13, with a 3.04 GAA and .903 save percentage.
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