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

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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.