Conklin a Wing again

DETROIT — Ty Conklin is officially back with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings announced the signing Wednesday morning, a one-year contract that is believed to be worth less than $1 million.

Conklin will backup starter Jimmy Howard.

The signing comes a day after after Chris Osgood announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.

Conklin, 35, played one season with Detroit (2008-09) and recorded a career-high 25 wins, going 25-11-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

Coincidentally, Conklin filled in for Osgood during his previous season with the Wings when he struggled.

Osgood was able to work back into the starting role and wound up leading the Wings to the Stanley Cup.

Conklin played the last two seasons with the Blues in a backup role, struggling last year with a record of 8-8-4 and a 3.22 goals-against average and .881 save percentage.

Conklin, who was not claimed when the Blues placed him on waivers last February, made $1.4 million last season.

Last Monday, the Wings re-signed Joey MacDonald to a two-year deal. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal. MacDonald will be the third goalie going into the season.

The Wings pursued a number of different backup options for Howard when free agency started, including Tomas Vokoun, Jose Theodore and Mike Smith. All three however were looking to battle for a starting job and not be the No. 2 goalie.

In nine seasons with six NHL teams, Conklin in 91-61-4-16 with a 2.64 GAA and .908 save percentage.

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