Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald doesn't want to leave the Red Wings organization as he heads for another offseason of uncertainty.â†µ
MacDonald stepped into the primary backup role to Jimmy Howard when Chris Osgood went down with a groin injury in January, and even became the primary starter for a few games when Howard himself suffered an injury. MacDonald finished the year with a 5-5-3 record and a 2.58 goals against average.â†µ
"This is where I want to be," said MacDonald, who will be an unrestricted free agent again this summer. "Fortunately ... I spent pretty much the whole year here and got an opportunity to play and played pretty well."â†µ
MacDonald was signed in the offseason as a depth player to a two-way contract with minor league affiliate Grand Rapids. His fate this year may depend on what Osgood decides to do; Osgood is also a free agent this offseason. Osgood, 38, has said he wants to play again next year, but the Red Wings probably won't be willing to sign him for the same $1.4 million he made this season. If Osgood and the Red Wings part ways, MacDonald becomes a prime candidate for the full-time back up role.