1 day after the retirement of Chris Osgood, the Wings made a move that surprised absolutely no one by signing Ty Conklin to a 1-year deal. The terms of the contract have not been announced, but we're sure that Capgeek will get us the information in a few hours.
Conklin is well-known to Wing fans for his time with the team in 2008-09 when he went 25-11-2 with a .909 SV% and 2.51 GAA as he split time with Osgood. He was also the goaltender of record in the Wings' Winter Classic victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field. He'll be counted on to provide 25-30 quality starts while backing up Jimmy Howard as the Wings look to defend their Central Division title and win Cup number 12.
With that signing, the Wings have filled the one hole on their roster they had left by getting their backup goaltender. If the contract is around $1M (as is being reported), that leaves the Wings with approximately $5.5M in cap space heading into the season.
[Update: it's a one-year deal at $750,000]
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