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Joey MacDonald Doesn't Want To Leave Red Wings

Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald doesn't want to leave the Red Wings organization as he heads for another offseason of uncertainty.

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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.

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"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."

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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.