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by George Malik on 07/11/11 at 11:56 AM ET
Updated 5x at 12:11 PM: St. James confirms that it’s a 2-way deal for $550,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL and I quote from Jim Nill, who walked by at 11:30 AM: “Just a little insurance policy.”
Per the Detroit Red Wings’ Twitter account:
The Red Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Joey MacDonald on a two-year deal.
MacDonald appeared in 15 games in 2010-11, posting a 5-5-3 record with a career-best 2.58 GAA and a .917 SV%.
I’m guessing that the Wings have signed him to be their #2B goaltender and help Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce in Grand Rapids, but we’ll see…wouldn’t you know it, I just saw Jim Nill prior to reading these “Tweets”...
Update: Here’s the Wings’ press release…
RED WINGS AND GOALTENDER JOEY MACDONALD
AGREE TO TERMS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL
...Veteran Netminder Has Played in 87 Career NHL Games…
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Joey MacDonald on a two-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MacDonald, 31, appeared in 15 games for Detroit last season, posting a 5-5-3 record with a career-best 2.58 GAA and a .917 SV%. He notched his second career shutout with a sparkling 37-save performance in a 2-0 win at Columbus on March 17. A backup to both Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood in 2010-11, MacDonald made 74 saves on 76 shots (.974 SV%) in six relief appearances for the Red Wings. He also played in 20 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) last season, finishing with a 10-9-1 record, 2.78 GAA and .894 SV%.
MacDonald was originally signed as a free agent by Detroit on December 21, 2001. The Pictou, Nova Scotia, native has appeared in 87 career NHL games with the Red Wings (23), Boston Bruins (7), New York Islanders (51) and Toronto Maple Leafs (6). He holds several Grand Rapids team records including most career wins (98), most career shutouts (17) and best SV% in a single season (.936 in 2003-04). MacDonald and fellow Griffin netminder, Marc Lamothe, won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Trophy in 2002-03 allowing the fewest goals against in the AHL that season.
Joey MacDonald, Goalie
Born Feb 7 1980 —Pictou, NS
Height 6.00—Weight 197—Catches L
Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L OT Svs Pct
2001-02 Toledo Storm ECHL 38 2084 100 3 1 2.88 12 15 7 1184 0.922
2002-03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 1337 49 2 3 2.20 14 6 0 537 0.916
2003-04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 39 2249 74 0 6 1.97 22 12 3 1087 0.936
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 66 3754 143 0 5 2.29 34 29 2 1785 0.926
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 1745 91 5 2 3.13 17 9 2 789 0.897
2005-06 Toledo Storm ECHL 1 60 1 0 0 1.00 1 0 0 25 0.962
2006-07 Boston Bruins NHL 7 358 16 1 0 2.68 2 2 1 179 0.918
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 468 27 1 0 3.46 1 5 1 184 0.872
2006-07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 123 6 1 0 2.93 1 1 0 53 0.898
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 2 120 6 0 0 2.99 0 1 1 67 0.918
2007-08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 38 2266 109 8 2 2.89 16 19 2 1091 0.909
2008-09 New York Islanders NHL 49 2792 157 7 1 3.37 14 26 6 1427 0.901
2009-10 Toronto Marlies AHL 36 2112 112 5 2 3.18 14 19 3 930 0.893
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 319 17 1 0 3.20 1 4 0 140 0.892
2010-11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 20 1164 54 3 1 2.78 10 9 1 457 0.894
2010-11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 721 31 1 1 2.58 5 5 3 341 0.917
NHL TOTALS 87 4779 254 11 2 3.19 23 43 2 2592 0.902
Update #2: Quoth the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Joey MacDonald returns to the Wings. Signs a 2-year contract. He’ll likely be the No. 3 goalie in the system.
Update #3: MLive’s Ansar Khan conffirms...
The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Joey MacDonald to a two-year contract.
MacDonald, 31, went 5-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .917 save percentage for the Red Wings last season, after being recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill in for the injured Chris Osgood.
MacDonald had been seeking a one-way contract (NHL-only salary) and was said to have an offer from a Russian team as a contingency plan.
More details shortly.
As does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Joey MacDonald was thinking of going over to Russia but has decided against it. The Red Wings re-signed MacDonald to a 2-year contract. He’ll likely be the No. 3 goalie, starting the season in Grand Rapids.
MacDonald had that role last season before moving up to the Wings when Chris Osgood had season-ending groin surgery.
MacDonald played 15 games with the Wings last season. He had a 5-5-3 record with a 2.58 goals-against average and 91.7 save percentage.
This signing strengthens the Wings’ depth but doesn’t answer the question of who’ll back up Jimmy Howard. General manager Ken Holland is expected to meet with Chris Osgood, maybe as early as today. Holland is debating whether to bring back Osgood, 38, for another season
My brief take? He’s coming back for his family’s sake—stability is a good thing—and he’s coming back because he liked his role. I don’t think he’s going to be the Wings’ primary back-up.
Update 2.5: per the CBC:
The Detroit Red Wings announced through their Twitter feed Monday the re-signing of veteran goaltender Joey MacDonald. The 31-year-old Halifax native was inked to a two-year deal, the club said.
MacDonald has spent the bulk of his professional career in the minors, but has been called upon when needed by four different NHL clubs in the past five seasons. He appeared in 15 games for Detroit over the past season, going 5-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
It is MacDonald’s second stint with the Red Wings. He’s also suited up for Boston, the New York Islanders and Toronto, recording two shutouts in 87 NHL games with a 3.19 average and .902 save percentage.
The Red Wings are set with Jimmy Howard as their No. 1 netminder but have still not officially declared whether they will bring back 38-year-old netminder Chris Osgood.
Update #3: Via the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:
The Wings have signed goalie Joey MacDonald to a two-year contract. Details of the contract aren’t known yet.
Wings general manager Ken Holland is also planning to meet with Chris Osgood, 38, to see if he wants to return for another season or plans on retiring.
Former Wing Ty Conklin, 35, is still unsigned and remains a distinct option to backup starter Jimmy Howard.
MacDonald, 31, had sought to sign a one-way contract in the NHL this offseason. He also reportedly had an offer to play in Russia.
MacDonald performed well last season for the Wings when he was recalled from Grand Rapids after Osgood was injured. He played in 15 games and went 5-5-3. He had a 2.58 goals-against average and save percentage of .917.
And here’s a bit more from Kulfan...
General manager Ken Holland said he will talk with Chris Osgood after Osgood returns from Europe. Osgood was expected to arrive from a golfing trip Sunday.
Holland and the Wings’ coaching staff is debating whether to bring back Osgood, 38, for another season or sign a free agent (Ty Conklin has been mentioned as a possibility).
Update #4: Here’s the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ take, with a quote from Ken Holland—and she’s on the Osgood bandwagon:
MacDonald’s cap hit is $550,000, but he’s on a two-way deal for ’11-12, meaning he’ll only make $105,000 in the minors.
“He’s going to be our third guy,” general manager Ken Holland said. “He had some options in Europe but he wanted to stay in North America. He did a nice job for us when called up. He understands that he’ll open the season at the American league level. He’s a good veteran.”
MacDonald, 31, appeared in 15 games for Detroit last season, going 5-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The Wings relied on him to fill in the no. 2 spot behind Jimmy Howard after Osgood was sidelined by surgery in January. MacDonald went 10-9-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .894 save percentage while with the Griffins in ’10-11.
The Wings tried to add a new no. 2 guy when the free agent market opened July 1, but prospective candidates ended up signing elsewhere. At this point there are very few possibilities remaining, which has turned the focus back on Osgood.
Osgood, 38, would have been a slam-dunk re-signing were it not for his second half, which saw him repeatedly bail on comeback attempts following surgery on a sports hernia and his groin. He hasn’t played since January, and the Wings remain concerned about his health.
Holland plans to have a long talk with Osgood, who is due back from a golf trip Tuesday, this week. If Osgood is convincingly optimistic about being able to play again, expect the Wings to sign him to a one-year deal.
Other than health issues, Osgood is the ideal back-up: He has a great relationship with Howard, he’s given the organization years of service, he’s topped 400 NHL victories, and he’s been in goal for two Stanley Cups.
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