Conklin had been the team’s backup goaltender since the start of the season but lost that role over the last week to Joey MacDonald.
After starting netminder Jimmy Howard suffered a broken finger in Vancouver on February 2nd, Conklin was named the starter for the Red Wings’ next game in Edmonton. He lasted only a period, allowing three goals before MacDonald took over en route to a shootout loss.
MacDonald got the start in Phoenix to finish up the Red Wings’ road trip and played well in a Detroit loss. He then started the entirity of the Red Wings’ now-concluded six-game homestand, going undefeated and helping stretch Detroit’s NHL-record home winning streak to 23 games.
In 8 games played, MacDonald has a 6-1-1 record with a 1.66 GAA and a .934 save percentage. Conklin has made 11 appearances, going 3-5-0 with a 3.40 GAA and .878 save percentage.
The other 29 NHL teams will have until noon on Tuesday to put in a claim on Conklin. If he goes unclaimed, he’ll head to the Griffins.