No brainer for Conklin

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

DETROIT -- Ty Conklin didn't have to ponder the offer for very long.

Once the Detroit Red Wings expressed an interest in signing the former Edmonton Oilers goaltender, it was just a matter of locating a pen.

"There wasn't much decision-making that had to be made there," said Conklin. "I found out about Detroit and it was a pretty easy decision to make.

"I was pleasantly surprised they were interested in me."

Conklin, 32, was brought in by the Wings this season to back up Chris Osgood.

Last night the native of Anchorage, Alaska, faced the Oilers for the second time since departing following the 2006 Stanley Cup run.

He made 21 saves in a 4-0 shutout win. It was Conklin's first shutout of the season and fifth of his career.

"It's always a little different facing your old team," Conklin said prior to the game. "After a couple of times, it probably doesn't mean as much, but it's always a little different to play against guys you used to play with.

"There have been a lot of changes over there, but there is still a good group of core guys that I played with."

At one time considered the Oilers goaltender of the future, Conklin struggled when anointed the starter at the beginning of the 2005-06 season.

Due to his inability to stop the puck - and that of Jussi Markkanen and Mike Morrison - the Oilers were forced to make a deal for Dwayne Roloson.

Since then Conklin has gone through the Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins systems before ending up in Detroit.

"I think everybody goes through things like that and I'm not any different," Conklin said. "I think it makes you a better player for it and you realize things are not always as bad as you think they are and they're not always as great as you think they are. You have to find more of an even keel."


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