If Conklin isn't claimed by noon EST Tuesday, he will be assigned to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Joey MacDonald's emergence as a dependable backup made Conklin expendable because Jimmy Howard is healthy after being out with a broken right index finger.
Detroit signed Conklin to a one-year contract last summer and MacDonald to a two-year deal that included the option of sending him to the minors this season. Conklin was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period of a loss Feb. 4 at Edmonton and didn't get another chance to play.
MacDonald won his last six games, helping the Red Wings extend their NHL-record winning streak at home to 23 games.