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Let's Consider - Ty Conklin

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On October 1, 2007, no one (including Conklin himself) could have predicted a [successful] stint in The Show, let alone a Winter Classic showdown to remember.  But Ty Conklin answered the call when Fleury went down, and will eternally have a place in Pittsburgh for his outstanding play in the Ice Bowl.  Now negotiations commence - do you let Conklin slip away as a starter for another team, or do you keep him as a backup to play second fiddle to Marc-Andre Fleury (implying Fleury re-signs)?

 

2007-2008 Regular season stats


Name GP W L OT GA SA SO GAA SV%
Ty Conklin
33 18 8 5 78 1013 2 2.51 .923

The goaltending situation in Pittsburgh was a testy area at the beginning of the season.  Starter Marc-Andre Fleury was struggling to find his game, while backup Dany Sabourin wasn't exactly playing at peak performance.  So when Fleury went down with a high ankle sprain in early December, there was a lack of valor from fans to the team in terms of  a Fleury replacement.

Thanks to some lateral movements in the system, with minor leaguers John Curry and David Brown filling in at Wilkes-Barre Scranton, Ty Conklin made his jump to The Show and officially made a name for himself in the NHL.

From December 23 through January 14, the Penguins went on a 19-point, 9-0-1 run with Conklin at the helm.  The only overtime loss came at the stick of the Thrashers' Mark Recchi, who was coincidentally released from the Penguins only a few weeks before.

Considering the name Conklin built for himself during the 2007/08 season, and price tag especially, does he stand a chance at all in returning to the team next season?  Keep in mind the Penguins are still currently in arbitration with Marc-Andre Fleury and  Dany Sabourin is locked-up till the end of the 08/09 season.  The market value on Sabourin may not be high enough to trade him away for eligible cap space that could be used to keep Conklin around as a healthy and competent backup. 

Personally, I think Conk is as good as gone.  What say you?