Red Wings Sign Goaltender MacDonald To Two Year Deal
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with goaltender Joey MacDonald on a two-year contract on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MacDonald appeared in 15 games for the Red Wings last season, posting a 5-5-3 record with a career-best 2.58 GAA and a .917 SV%. He notched his second career shutout with a sparkling 37-save performance in a 2-0 win at Columbus on March 17. A backup to both Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood in 2010-11, the 31-year-old MacDonald made 74 saves on 76 shots (.974 SV%) in six relief appearances for the Red Wings. He also played in 20 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) last season, finishing with a 10-9-1 record, 2.78 GAA and .894 SV%.
MacDonald was originally signed as a free agent by Detroit on December 21, 2001. The Pictou, Nova Scotia, native has appeared in 87 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. He holds several Grand Rapids team records including most career wins (98), most career shutouts (17) and best SV% in a single season (.936 in 2003-04). MacDonald and fellow Griffin netminder, Marc Lamothe, won the Harry 'Hap' Holmes Memorial Trophy in 2002-03 allowing the fewest goals against in the AHL that season.
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