Red Wings reach 2-year agreement with MacDonald

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with

Joey MacDonald, bringing the 31-year-old veteran back as the team’s

No. 3 goaltender.

Detroit hasn’t settled who else will be around to back up

starter Jimmy Howard, but the Red Wings felt MacDonald was worth

keeping in the system. He went 5-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against

average in 15 games for Detroit last season. He also played in 20

games for Grand Rapids of the AHL.

”He gives us good depth, gives us good insurance,” general

manager Ken Holland said Monday.

Detroit signed Howard to a two-year, $4.5 million deal in

February, but the rest of its goalie situation has been somewhat

muddled. Chris Osgood, the team’s No. 2 goalie last season, played

in only 11 games – none after undergoing sports hernia surgery in

January.

MacDonald stepped in to back up Howard. He posted a .917 save

percentage, including his second career shutout on March 17 at

Columbus. MacDonald has a 3.19 career goals-against average in 87

games with Detroit, Boston, the New York Islanders and Toronto.

Holland said MacDonald’s contract is a two-way deal for the

first year. Financial terms were not released.

Holland said MacDonald’s role in 2011-12 will likely be similar

to what it was last season, when he split time between the minors

and the Red Wings. Detroit is still in the market for a No. 2

goaltender, be it Osgood or somebody else. Holland said he planned

to talk with the 38-year-old Osgood this week.

Osgood did not immediately respond to a message seeking

comment.