Red Wings sign McCarty
Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the club has signed right wing Darren McCarty to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal were not available. McCarty has been assigned to Grand Rapids on a 14-day conditioning loan.McCarty's story since he left the Red Wings before the lockout has been a heart breaker.
“Darren has earned this opportunity,” said Holland. “He’s made great strides in the past several months and we wanted to give him the chance to continue in hopes he can contribute to the Red Wings once again.”>> team release
There was a bankruptcy, some embarrassing tales of excess in the media, and a signing with the Flames at age 33. After seven goals and 13 points in 99 games in Calgary, he suffered a hip injury that kept him out 47 games toward the end of 2006-07.
He has played only one NHL game in the past 14 months, and is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint with an NHL contract in his back pocket.
McCarty turns 36 on April 1, and might not have a lot left. But at least he gets his second chance.
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