Conklin Signs One-Year $750,000 Deal With Detroit
Veteran goaltender Ty Conklin is heading back to Detroit after agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000. A press conference is expected later today.
Conklin returns to Detroit after spending the last two years in St. Louis posting an 18-18-6 record over that span. Conklin had an opportunity to carry the Blues after Jaroslav Halak went down with injury but was unable to find the consistency the team needed. His .881 save% was less than desirable and eventually landed the former Green Bay Gambler on the waiver wire prior to the trade deadline.
With this being said he is a solid NHL backup and has had success in a Red Wings uniform where he posted 25 wins during the 2008-2009 season.
Conklin can make the big save but also has the tendency to allow soft goals which carried into the recent World Championship in the spring. His ability to handle the puck is certainly an asset that can comes in handy for teams looking to get up ice quickly.
Conklin posted two shutouts last season and four the previous year. There's no question he can still play and he should give Jimmy Howard the support he needs as a young up and coming goaltender. Conklin has always been one of the more popular players in the room wherever he's gone.
Earlier this summer Detroit GM Ken Holland told Conklin they were going to make a decision between he and Joey MacDonald. They ended up signing both goaltenders after Chris Osgood elected to retire.
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