DETROIT — Wings general manager Ken Holland will now turn most of his attention to signing a goalie to back up starter Jimmy Howard.
“Obviously that’s our top priority over the next few days,” Holland said. “We’re not close on anything.”
Holland said that he had been in talks with a possible backup, but he felt that goalie was going in a different direction.
A source told The Macomb Daily the Wings have been talking with Ty Conklin, one of the few remaining viable options.
“You’re always looking to upgrade,” Holland said. “Are we comfortable once we get a goalie signed going into training camp? Yes. But we’d also like to upgrade if we could.”
Conklin played one season with Detroit, 2008-09, and went 25-11-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. He played the last two seasons with the St. Louis Blues in a backup role, struggling last year with a record of 8-8-4 and a 3.22 goals-against average GAA and .881 save percentage.