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
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