The Detroit Red Wings announced Wednesday morning that goaltender Ty Conklin is back with the team. Confirming earlier reports, the Red Wings said Conklin signed a one-year deal for what will be his second stint in Detroit.
The terms of the contract weren't announced, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Conklin's deal is worth $750,000.
With Conklin now back, the Red Wings are set at goalie. Jimmy Howard will be in his third year of starting when the 2011-12 season rolls around, and Conklin will serve as his backup. In case either player goes down with an injury, the Red Wings will have Joey MacDonald in Grand Rapids to call up. He re-signed with the Red Wings earlier this month to return as the third goalie. His deal is of the two-way variety for year one of his two-year contract.
Conklin first played for the Red Wings in 2008 after the team won the Stanley Cup. Conklin was expected to be Chris Osgood's backup, but the two goalies ended up splitting time during the regular season. Osgood was the starter in the playoffs and led the Red Wings back to the Stanley Cup finals, but Conklin started 40 games during the regular season and won 25 of them.