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Conked out: Ty Conklin loses backup job in Detroit, now on waivers

Feb 20, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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It was inevitable with how well Joey MacDonald has played with Jimmy Howard out of action, but Ty Conklin‘s run as the Red Wings’ backup goalie is over.

The Wings have put Conklin on waivers to make room for the return of Howard to the Detroit lineup. Conklin’s less-than stellar play this season got him stapled to the bench even with Howard out injured. MacDonald’s play in Howard’s stead was nothing short of outstanding and has helped the Wings break records for consecutive wins at home.

Conklin’s numbers this year are dismal. He went 3-5-0 this season with a 3.40 goals against and a .878 save percentage. Those are bad numbers at any level of play, but they get you beat down in the NHL. Should Conklin clear waivers he’ll be headed to Grand Rapids in the AHL where he’ll try to get his groove back.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    hope pens claim him and bring him back. johnson has been awful all year.

    • tmoore4075 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      His year hasn’t been much better.

      He started out his year great. I thought he was a great signing but can’t argue against Joey MacDonald keep the job. Good luck Conks. Wish you well.

      • goalieguy37 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        ug, no! the pens need a BETTER backup goalie than Johnson. both have been terrible this season.

  2. comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Stan Bowman: “Here’s the additional goalie you wanted, Blackhawk fans. Now shut up.”

  3. pens919209 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Detroit is solid in their forwards and defense. If Conklin put up numbers that putrid with them, he wouldn’t do any better with the Penguins.

  4. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    bring him back to the franchise. detroit treats everyone like trash meanwhile they have nobody that can score over 20 goals. bum town usa

    • michiganhockey11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Over the past 20 years, there should be proof enough why Detroit doesn’t need 3,4,5+ guys to score 20 goals. Franzen has 20 this year and I believe Hudler has 18. Don’t need to have 1-2 guys put up sick numbers to win championships. (see past 20 years)

      Way to go Joey Mac! Playing out of your mind!

      • cmutimmah - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        I’m confused… Are you saying Detroit doesn’t score goals? Because check the GF column… Detroit has scored more than everyone BUT Vancouver and Philly, including 6 more than your darling Pitt Pens. Now, do they do it with just one line like Pitt? No, and their defense also chip in often.

        Also – Every player that has played for Detroit prased Illitch and the fans for the royal treatment they received. Even Fedorov, who left for money which villified him in Detroit, still has nothing but positive things to say about his time there.

        So I know your comment was just blatant trolling, but “Bum Town USA” is still the bar. Every other team is trying to acheive their franchise’s success.

    • hockinj25 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      when will people learn to stop feeding the trolls? nobody respond to anything this guy says and he will leave

    • eddieapoc - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      I thought these comments were going to be moderated now? Everytime I see a post from this guy its well into the double digits of dislikes with no thumbs up or very few.

  5. Jeff - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Not surprising with how poorly he played.

  6. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    detroit pays refs off thats a known fact throught the hockey world. they are trash and could never have a line like pringles can malkin, james makes you mom neal and mrs kunitz drippin lips. eat it hockey world the franchise has spoke.

    • michiganhockey11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Haters gotta hate right?

      • polegojim - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Hating unemployed troll to hits every Red Wing post.

        Glad we can continue to twist the knife.

    • goalieguy37 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      I’m a pens fan too, but clearly this guy is a douche bag.

    • millers37 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      What are you talking about? Have you ever seen a hocey game in your life?

    • millers37 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Are you crazy or what? Have you ever seen a hockey game in your entire life?

  7. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The Redwings are overrated, obviously Coke Bottle Conks was to young to play on this nursing home squad. Can’t wait to see these geezers get bounced in 1st round….little caesars pizza sucks too

    • cmutimmah - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      I agree that the pizza is poor, but it’s cheap…

      However, this “old” team isn’t as “old” as it used to be. 4th line is all rookies, third line is all under 27. Who is old:

      Holmstrom: 39 and still the best net front PP menace in the league, likely his last year.
      Lidstrom: 41 and still a Norris Trophy challenger, he won’t win this year, but still a top 10 Defenseman in the league at his age.
      Bertuzzi: 37 Been clutch all year. Has learned and adapted to the puck posession style (finally) and flourished.
      Datsyuk is 33 – Do I really need to point out how good he is?
      Dan Cleary: 33 – He’s played on the lower lines, not a big part of the team this year.
      Brad Stuart, Franzen, and Commodore are 32 – Is that even old? 26-33 is usually a player’s prime…

      There are few teams that don’t have 3 guys on their team over 33. Even Edmonton has Khabibulin, Smyth, Belanger and Sutton all 34 or older and they are the youngest team in the league.

      This “old team” talk is completely unfounded. Congrats on just repeating old bits from your local radio show though… what’s next, “Red Wings aren’t tough enough”, “Red Wings need a big mean defenseman”, or “Red Wings don’t have enough Canadians to win”???

  8. pens919209 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Anyone who tries to explain a team’s success by saying that they pay off the refs, or that the league favors them, clearly has no clue about hockey.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      dont know how that retard still hasnt gotten banned…yet

      • pens919209 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        I wouldn’t go that far… I mean, it’s got to be hard to see the keyboard and type wearing those black and gold colored glasses.

  9. polegojim - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Great job by Joey – incredible effort to keep the streak going.

    Go RED WINGS!!!

  10. wazzsabi - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    If you’re going to call out the Red Wings, challenge yourself to use statistical facts and good theory. This franchise has been more than loyal to its players and the players loyal to the franchise. There is a reason you see the same faces for a long period of time in Detroit….they want to he there.
    Who cares about goal scoring stats and all that nonsense? isn’t getting scoring production from your 3rd and 4th line a more desired than having 1 natural born sniper? that hasn’t worked out for Washington. Respect the fact that Detroit has been doing great things for 20 years. you want stats? 20 straight years in the playoffs, 11 straight 100 (+) point seasons and 11 Stanley Cups.

    • cmutimmah - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Stick with the 4 cups in the last 20 years or uber Montreal Canadians fan will tell you that 11 cups isn’t a big deal… (Kind of like U of M fan will play the national championship card and include titles won before any of us were born…)

      Otherwise your post is good.

      You could have mentioned that many of those seasons Detroit was in the top 10 in goals scored without a 45 goal scorer.

  11. hockinj25 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Can Joey Mac and Jimmy be co-MVP’s? They got my vote

  12. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I feel older and dumber already from reading all this bumtown info, your whole city is ass(no wonder no one buys American cars anymore). Stick to making pizza u has beens. The Pens are and will always be The Franchise

    • michiganhockey11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      No one buys American cars anymore? Please child. Back it up with FACTS. Go to Edmunds, Ward’s and show us the data that no one buys Detroit 3 vehicles anymore, you troll.

      Go back to your mama’s basement and stick to what you do best: Watching Justin Bieber and love-humping him on your computer screen.

      As much as I don’t care for the Penguins, you sure are giving their fans (the ones that actually know hockey, a bad name).

  13. kiopta1 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I understand the desire to beat down these trolls but you have to realize that these are just pathetic people crying for help. They fall in the same categories as “Internet tough guys” and ” Drama Queens”. They often have little in their own lives to hang their hats on which often but not always includes the teams they root for. So to build their self esteem in some twisted way or get their rocks off they troll. Their mentality is similar to that of man or woman in an abusive relationship where they stay in it believing they could change them or that those are just fist gulls of love…it’s sad I know. However, the best thing you can do for them, unlike abuse victims, is to ignore them Cause they will eventually crawl back under the bridge.

    • yardstickstaal - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Yikes, getting a bit to serious here in Bumtown USA…Clearly kiopta childhood issues have re-surfaced as a result of a simple hockey post here on I appoligize on behalf of the Soupcan Army. Also, getting laid off from the GM plant is no reason for you Detroit Thugs to beat on your ladies…so so cold in the D.

      • michiganhockey11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Go back to your job at the ketchup factory. Oh wait you got laid off, too bad. Wait, I shouldn’t use the word laid because you’ve never been laid.

        Scoreboard troll-how many cups has your team won?

        With that, D-town….out!

  14. eddieapoc - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Well after reading all these comments its become clear to me that the post on here claiming that trolls would be banned was garbage.

    Troll on fellows there will obviously be no reprisals.

  15. goalieguy37 - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    douche bags with sex-pun penguin names as their handles for this site are why some people are reluctant to post.
    These idiots don’t speak for all penguins fans. I give the detroit a lot of respect for running an awesome hockey club, and enjoyed watching them face off in the stanley cup finals two years in a row. bagging on the town has nothing to do with hockey. can we rid the site of these idiots please?

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