MacDonald’s days in Detroit are numbered after being placed on waivers Sunday

DETROIT — 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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