New Blue – Ty Conklin
The free agency period caused a flurry of transactions around the NHL this past week. The Blues remained mostly quiet, only making a few transactions and bringing in just one new player thus far. This move answered who will serve as the #2 behind Mason heading into the 2009-10 season. Lets take a look at the newest member of the Blues.
The 33-year-old Conklin served as a backup in Detroit last season, compiling a 25-11 record and a 2.51 GAA in 40 games played. Conklin has played across the NHL, putting in limited time with Edmonton, Columbus, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He has a solid career line, with 149 games played with 73 wins while putting together a 2.58 GAA and a save percentage of .909%.
The Blues needed a reliable #2 so that Mason can get regular days off throughout the season. Mason is still the clear #1, but Conklin give the Blues an option they are confident in if Mason needs a rest.
Ty Conklin is the first new signing this summer, but is unlikely to be the last. Each time the Blues make news on the free agent front, FrozenNotes will profile the latest new Blue and examine what his role on the team will be. For now, consider the addition of Conklin as one priority crossed off the Blues summer checklist.