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#1 Jedi

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:26 AM

Per the Detroit Free Press...

Joey MacDonald's steady play has given the Red Wings one less thing to do leading up to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

MacDonald has a four-game winning streak as the Wings next face Central Division rival Nashville on Friday. Since taking over for struggling regular backup Ty Conklin one period into the Feb. 4 game at Edmonton, MacDonald is 4-1 with a .930 save percentage and 1.72 goals-against average. That's ameliorated the loss of Jimmy Howard, who has been sidelined by a broken finger.

"I'm comfortable with our goaltending," general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "I'm not looking to do any moves in that regard. Between Ty and Joey Mac, we're more than adequate."

The Wings didn't practice Wednesday, but Howard is expected to return Sunday, if not Friday. MacDonald was called up from the minors originally to serve as Conklin's backup while Howard recovered, but when Conklin allowed three goals to the Oilers -- which put his season stats at 3-5 with a .878 save percentage and 3.40 GAA -- MacDonald took over.

Holland didn't want to reveal what the Wings will do when Howard returns, but he did say that "in pro hockey, it's what have you done for me lately. It's a competitive environment. Ty had the job all year, and he had some good games, he had some not-so-good games. All you have to do is look at the stats. Right now, Joey is the No. 2 guy."

The Wings have the roster space to carry three goalies, "but that's not an ideal option," Holland said.

The other option is to risk putting Conklin on waivers, then send him to the minors if he clears.


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:28 AM

I was NOT pleased with Conklin. Joey has done a good job, although he's no Howard; but that's precisely why he's number two. In my mind he's a solid backup and I feel comfortable with him.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:41 AM

I was really excited when we resigned him because I enjoyed him last time he was here, but he doesn't deserve the #2 spot anymore. Joey Mac all the way.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

I was really excited when we resigned him because I enjoyed him last time he was here, but he doesn't deserve the #2 spot anymore. Joey Mac all the way.


you hit the nail on the head. mac is really starting to find his game, and he deserves it.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

I have confidence in Joey.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:49 AM

I doubt there is any risk putting Ty on waivers anyways. I don't think there are any teams desperate enough to think picking him up would help them in any signifigant way so he would almost certainly clear and make it to Grand Rapids. Option 2 could see Kenny keep him up until the trade deadline and try to find him a place to play and toss him in as part of another deal, but I doubt he'd find any takers.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:52 AM

I doubt there is any risk putting Ty on waivers anyways. I don't think there are any teams desperate enough to think picking him up would help them in any signifigant way so he would almost certainly clear and make it to Grand Rapids. Option 2 could see Kenny keep him up until the trade deadline and try to find him a place to play and toss him in as part of another deal, but I doubt he'd find any takers.

Option 3: Ty can make a kick ass fort in the press box
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:03 AM

I really wanted Conks to get one more shot, but never the less he did not and Joey Mac kicked ass so good for Joey! I think Conklin will clear waivers for sure and we may even head into next season flip flopped-Conks our starter in GR and Joey Mac up here.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:48 AM

Sometimes goalies I think get better with age. Kinda like fine wine. :D J Mac. But for sure he's our #2 guy. I like him :thumbup:

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:52 AM

I really wanted Conks to get one more shot, but never the less he did not and Joey Mac kicked ass so good for Joey! I think Conklin will clear waivers for sure and we may even head into next season flip flopped-Conks our starter in GR and Joey Mac up here.


Conks is on a one years deal, so he'll be gone in all likelihood. J-mac 2nd year of his deal is one-way, so you have to think that Detroit intended to have him up as the back-up for next season.

That leaves McCollum and Pearce splitting time in GR, with the possibility of Mrazek jumping into the mix and the three rotating between the AHL and ECHL.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

Thank god someone in the organization finally sees what I have seen all along. Screw Conklin, we should have never brought him back. I have no idea what he is doing at the NHL level. Get that bum away from an otherwise great team.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:14 AM

I liked Conklin with his first sting with the Wings, but boy oh boy... this time he's pretty brutal...

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:21 AM

This is good news to me. Kenny having faith in our goaltending going into the playoffs is good enough for me. Have faith in the guy.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:08 AM

I hope they keep Joey Mac up as the #2 goalie. He has been very solid for us in this stint.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:22 AM

Joey MacDonald IS our deadline acquisition.
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We need someone like Parise that can penetrate the box.-blueadams

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

unlike a lot of people here, I don't think Conklin has been as bad as his numbers suggest. I've watched every game and seen how many goals against him were the result of shoddy defensive play, or flukey goals going in off defenders sticks, skates, etc. Having said that, Joey has been better and earned the job...kudos to him, he was good last year as well.

Edited by kipwinger, 16 February 2012 - 11:32 AM.

GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:40 AM

unlike a lot of people here, I don't think Conklin has been as bad as his numbers suggest. I've watched every game and seen how many goals against him were the result of shoddy defensive play, or flukey goals going in off defenders sticks, skates, etc. Having said that, Joey has been better and earned the job...kudos to him, he was good last year as well.


The Caps game and the Oilers game stick out in my mind as to what sealed Conks fate. Babs has no faith in him after the Caps game which is why he played Jimmy every game. Then Jimmy gets hurt and Conks craps the bed against the Oilers. Conks was the perfect back-up the first time we had him. But he went to St. Lou ass and stunk the joint up. Then he comes back to the Wings and plays el crapola again. I like Conks but I think his time in the NHL is up.
Jordan Tootoo will wreck shop.

We need someone like Parise that can penetrate the box.-blueadams

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:51 AM

The Caps game and the Oilers game stick out in my mind as to what sealed Conks fate. Babs has no faith in him after the Caps game which is why he played Jimmy every game. Then Jimmy gets hurt and Conks craps the bed against the Oilers. Conks was the perfect back-up the first time we had him. But he went to St. Lou ass and stunk the joint up. Then he comes back to the Wings and plays el crapola again. I like Conks but I think his time in the NHL is up.


All I'm saying is that he's been better than his numbers, anytime your team gives up 5-7 goals (Edmonton, Washington, Montreal, NYI, SJ), the problem is bigger than your goalie. Has he been awesome, or even all that steady? No. Has he played bad enough to suggest he's got no more hockey left in him? Also no. I'm glad for the team and Joey that he's got the no. 2 job, but Conklin hasn't been as bad as we sometimes make him out to be. Part of the problem, IMO, is that there's a trade off when your defense is scoring as much as ours is. With Jimmy in the net it's no problem because he's a super star and he'll bail them out, but when Conks is in they can't cheat into the play as much without giving up the kinds of chances that bury a backup goalie. I honestly think we have a good defense, but I don't think our defense is nearly as good (defensively) as Jimmy makes them look on most nights. There's a reason for all the breakaways, odd man rushes, and short handed goals that we've seen this year. The defense is scoring more (which is great and I'm not complaining), but like I said, there's a trade off.

GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

"Some girls are 17 even though they look 25."

 

 


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

Joey Mac is more than capable of being the backup. Conks has played bad this year and Joey Mac has proved he can keep this team in games, see Anaheim game.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:04 PM

To me, the best part of this news is that we can finally (hopefully) start a somewhat normal goalie rotation, and keep Howard as fresh as possible for the playoffs instead of playing him in every single game for the rest of the regular season.
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