NHL Rumors: Red Wings Closing In on Ty Conklin?

may be close to rejoining the Red Wings as the team’s backup goalie. MLive’s Ansar Khan reported, citing a source, that Detroit has a “pretty good chance” to sign Conklin, currently an unrestricted free agent.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday that the team was “going to wait” before signing a second netminder and added that he wanted to talk with long-time Wing again before making a decision.

Conklin spent the past two seasons with St. Louis, where he posted an 18-18 record over 51 games (41 starts). He made 37 starts for Detroit during the 2008-09 season, while virtually splitting time with Osgood.

Detroit turned to Ozzie during the postseason, though, and he took them within one victory of a second straight Stanley Cup.

The Wings’ desire to get Jimmy Howard to the NHL the next season led Conklin to leave for St. Louis. The 35-year-old Conklin wouldn’t be asked to do a ton in his second stint with Detroit, provided Howard could stay healthy — Detroit’s looking for a goalie that can spell Howard for 20-25 games during the 2011-12 regular season.

Conklin’s played that role plenty. St. Louis was his sixth NHL stop, but he arguably was never better than during his first run through the Red Wings organization.

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