Yesterday, we explored the seven bodies that were injured in Detroit and hoped for some relief soon. Well, we got the opposite this morning. MLive’s Ansar Khan broke the news that Jimmy Howard has re-aggravated his groin injury and the Red Wings have recalled Ty Conklin on an emergency basis, meaning he won’t first need to clear waivers to join the team. Per the CBA, however, he’ll need to be returned to Grand Rapids as soon as Jimmy Howard is medically cleared to play.
FOLLOW-UP: It appears that Ty Conklin has been subjected to re-entry waivers after all. TSN’s Bob McKenzie (who’s never wrong) has him listed on today’s waiver wire, meaning that Detroit must not have invoked their emergency clause. If some other team claims Conklin on re-entry waivers, the Red Wings would be on the hook for half of his salary and they would no longer have the use of Conklin at any level. If he clears waivers, however, he would not need to be sent back down to Grand Rapids once Howard is healthy enough to return. If he was recalled under emergency recall, he would have to have been demoted to Grand Rapids as soon as Howard was cleared. Under traditional recall, he can stick around as long as the Red Wings want to carry three (or more) goaltenders.