Wings ink former Penguin Chris Conner to one-year deal

DETROIT — The Wings have added depth at forward, signing former Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Conner to a one-year deal.

No details of the contract we given.

In 60 games last year with the Pens, Conner, a Westland native, had seven goals and nine assists.

After going undrafted coming out of Michigan Tech, Conner has played five seasons in the NHL.

Conner, 27, will have to fight for a roster spot heading into camp.

After re-signing Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller, the Wings have 13 forwards heading into camp on one-way contracts.

Cory Emmerton is on a two-way deal, but if the Wings were to send him back to Grand Rapids he would have to clear waivers to do so and any team could claim him.

There’s also a good possibility that Kris Draper will receive an invite to camp to compete for a roster spot.

Draper has said he wants to play another season, preferably with Detroit.

Last year, the Wings offered Kirk Maltby a two-way deal to come to training camp. Maltby did not make the team and decided to retire from hockey rather than reporting to the Griffins.

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One response to “Wings ink former Penguin Chris Conner to one-year deal

  1. Can never have enough depth. Good signing.

    Still noticing ~$7M in cap space. This puts Holland in perfect position to upgrade at forward during the season, should that need arise.

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