Monday, February 25, 2008

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.

“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
McCarty's story since he left the Red Wings before the lockout has been a heart breaker.

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.



At 1:44 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean he won't be playing our local bar this spring with this band Grinder?

At 3:01 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Yikes, $5 to read that archived G&M article? Hasn't that web business model died already?

Agreed, it was a bit hard to watch McCarty's descent...but his comeback attempt has been a pretty cool story that we haven't heard too much about. I saw this article a while back and thought it was fascinating. Looks like the comeback story has had more play in Detroit, for obvious reasons. Wouldn't it be an incredible story if he actually gets some ice time and makes some kind of impact with the Wings as they head into the playoffs?

At 4:11 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

He was great for the Flames in 05-06, but last year, his hip injury, and just plain getting old really hampered him. I was glad that Darren at least got into the last game of the year, so that he could have ended his career following a game rather than an injury. Nice to see he has (almost) made it back this year though. Grinder definitely deserves it.


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