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.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.