ST. LOUIS -- In an age of butterfly goalies, former Oiler Ty Conklin is still pretty good at landing on his feet.
He's played in three outdoor games and been to three Stanley Cup finals in the last six years,not bad for a guy who can't seem to stay in one place long enough to send out his dry cleaning.
He's played for Edmonton, Hamilton, Hartford, Syracuse, Columbus, Buffalo, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis in the last six years.
It'll be a decade before all of his mail catches up with him.
"It's certainly difficult picking the family up every year, you get attached to a place, too. But at the same time it is neat meeting new people and going to new places. My kids have lived in eight or nine different towns in the last three or four years. I'm sure my wife is sick of moving, but I guess that's what she signed up for."
He keeps getting work, though, and keeps playing pretty well when he gets it. He was 18-8-5 with a .923 save % with Pittsburgh, 25-11-2 (.909) with Detroit and 6-2-1 (.949) this year in St. Louis.
"The last two years I thought I played pretty well," said Conklin. "You go through six (NHL) teams in five years -- I don't know if that means six teams want you or five teams don't. It's been fun, anyway."