Conklin signs with Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have singed the 31 year old netminder, Ty Conklin.
The conract is a 1 year thing at 500,000$.

While playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres last year, he maintained a 3-5-1 record.

With Marc-Andre Fleury as their starter i’m sure he isn’t going to see alot of games. That is of course, if he beats out Dany Sabourin, whom had signed earlier this summer, out of the back-up role.

A little bit of excitement for pipe action in Pittsburg. (Not Really) …..

23 Responses to Conklin signs with Penguins

  1. Wings19 says:

    Im from Edmonton so i hate Conklin for *****ing up in Game 1 of the finals, and i just wanna say this guy is worse than if the Pens would of put Micheal Therrien in net. At least he wouldnt go throw the puck in front of a wide open net.

  2. canucklehead_101 says:

    How did he win 3 games then? On one of the worst teams (Columbus)

  3. Tweek says:

    conklin is useless.  the pens are in trouble if they plan on using him as a backup.  fluery is too young to handle a 70 game workload with that defense

  4. thegoalie1976 says:

    That would be sad if the Pens make it to the finals, then Fleury gets a cheap shot run and is hurt for the remainder of the finals, and then conklin costs them the cup.

  5. kamullia says:

    To all above who mentioned Conklin in the NHL with the Pens, including the writer of the article: Conklin has been hired as the Penguins #1 goaltender. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, that is.

    The Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh is reporting it just as much. When Sabourin signed with Pittsburgh, GM Ray Shero made it clear that the signing was for Sabourin to be the backup to Fleury. The Conklin signing is just in case there is an injury and they need to patch up the lineup temporarily until Sabourin or Fleury are ready again, and he will clearly be #3 in the depth-chart unless by some miracle Ty has an outright stellar campaign if he ever gets the chance back to play an NHL game. The Penguins needed someone veteran enough that would not fold just from the fact of being temporarily in the NHL. You have to consider that Sabourin was the oldest goaltender in the organization, until Conklin was signed.

  6. kamullia says:

    Fleury loves to play many games, much like Martin Brodeur, and the more he plays the better he feels. He loves the high workload. Last year he played 67 games, of which he won 40.

    As to Conklin, he will not be the backup. See my post further down.

  7. intelligentscorpio says:

    For WBS Conklin would be fine. If due to injury he is required to play for the Pens, he can handle it. It does make sense.

  8. SabresFan220 says:

    Well Conks was decent in his brief time as a Sabre. Hey, he was awesome in the 1 game he started for us. Made 42 saves when the team really wasn't playing well and bailed us out. I thought that performance had earned him another start before the end of the regular season, oh well. Thanks for that one win Conks, you were worth the 5th round pick.

  9. Lint07 says:

    Jason Smith was to blame even more than Conklin on that play.

    it was simply easier to put the blame on the goalie that came replacing Roloson in the finals.

    Just like M-A Bergeron being blamed for the Roloson injury when all he did was trying to fix one of the dozen stupid Matt Greene’s mistakes. To which Roloson said was the thing he had to do.

    oh well.

  10. Lint07 says:

    bad move.

    M-A Fleury needs a solid veteran backup, not 2 shaky ”youngsters”. Sabourin should’ve been #1 in the AHL and Shero should’ve signed Cujo.

  11. kamullia says:

    At 31, Conklin is anything but a youngster. Sabourin did just fine in Vancouver behind Luongo, and he did very well in that playoff game where he had to hold to fort while in overtime because Luongo’s equipment malfunctioned. The year before he won the Bastien in the AHL (Best Goaltender), and typically the best AHL goaltender is usually a decent NHL backup. He should be fine.

    Having said all of that, I think Shero had plenty of other goaltenders to choose from, than to add Conklin to the organization, even as the #3 goalie. But having publicly stated that Sabourin would be the backup in an interview weeks ago, not many veterans would have been willing to sign off as the AHL goaltender and mentor to the rest.

    And in fact, even with Conklin, unless it surfaces anything to the contrary, they had to sign him to a one-way contract. Therefore the Pens have 3 goaltenders to NHL contracts, and will inevitably be paying NHL salary to an AHL goaltender. The point is, even with Conklin, they probably had to lure him with the fact that he would be paid NHL salary no matter where he played, and not be subject to a two-way contract.

    There is always the possibility that Shero simply got cold feet at having Sabourin and Fleury as the NHL tandem, and changed his mind and decided to add a veteran and will carry 3 goaltenders on the NHL roster. If that is in fact what is going on, then by all means signing Conklin is a huge mistake by Shero…even if he probably did not have much else to choose from left.

    But there’s always a bright side to things. It could have been Gerber.

  12. thegoalie1976 says:

    They should have signed Markkanen for 800,000 to 900,000

  13. kamullia says:

    I agree. But Shero should have signed him before signing Sabourin and making that public statement. No chance after the statement that Jussi would have signed with the Pens for even twice that much just to sit in the AHL, or even play musical chairs with two others in the NHL.

  14. Lint07 says:

    Yeah I know, that's why I wrote ''youngster'' for lack of a better word (and time, I was at my break).

    And as far as Sabourin goes, I like him too but you said it best: ''he was a good backup BEHIND LUONGO''

    When you backup Luongo or Brodeur, that means you have to play 5 to 10 games a year tops and don't worry about anything else than filling water bottles.

    Backing up M-A Fleury means you wil have to play 20-30 games and somewhat challenge him when he goes into slumps.

    Add to that the fact that Fleury is still young and could use some veteran help in order to fully develop.

    Shero's been great so far as Pens' GM but I'd say that this is his 1st blatant mistake in my opinion.

  15. kamullia says:

    I agree with everything you said, except for one main thing. Fleury is the same kind as Luongo and Brodeur as far as play time. The more he plays, the better he does. Last year was the first year that Fleury played a full NHL season. For one reason or another, he has never had the chance to play a full season, until last year, and that was partly on a fluke because no one was expecting him to be the #1 guy, but to share duties at best. Instead, he played as a #1 guy, and Therrien simply let him play at his own pace. And surprisingly what Fleury had said a while back (and apparently no one took to heart) showed to be true: The more he plays, the better he does.

    Fleury ended up playing 67 games last year. And that is not including the games he was scheduled to play and was held out by Therrien in order to teach him a lesson (Michel has a bad habit of doing that, in my opinion) when he deemed Fleury needed to be scolded. Out of that, he won 40 games with a not-so-good defense in front of him. And even though the defensive core of last year was better in my opinion than most gave them credit, overall they were still just an average NHL defense at best. Fleury will thrive with more time, as seems it is what makes him comfortable (although once he gets comfortable, I would be trying to coerce him into not playing so much and saving energy for the playoffs).

    But the one key thing that Shero has really screwed up and I criticized the minute he told everyone before FA that he was not going to sign Thibault, only maybe after FA, is that Fleury has no mentor. No one to guide him. And even though Conklin has experience and he is 31, I doubt anyone in the right mind wants Fleury to take advice from him, therefore the void is still there.

    I think it is good they got Sabourin back, but if they could not fit a way to get Sabourin and a veteran to be there for Fleury, then they either should have forgot about the future in Sabourin and signed a veteran, or they should have gotten Sabourin and hired another retired goaltender into the organization and given him any title, but made sure his job was to be supporting Fleury in any way possible. A Vansbiesbrook would have been fine, if he was available (although I think I read he was hired recently by another organization in some capacity), just anyone in that kind of mold.

    Anyway, you were right on the money, other than the workload for Fleury (and that this is Shero’s first blatant mistake, but that is another whole can of worms).

  16. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Luongo didn't have a equipment problem.  He just had Diarrea.=(  It was told in The Province newspaper like a day or 2 later.

  17. Connolly4mvp says:

    His mask was really sweet 2. lol

  18. intelligentscorpio says:

    It has been reported elsewhere that Conklin has a two way contract and it pays 500.0 if he plays in the nhl and 100.0 if he plays in the ahl.

  19. intelligentscorpio says:

    I guess Shero really likes Sabourin or sees something in him that we are unaware of. He must feel Sabourin is the guy behind Fleury.
    Hope he is right, like you say Markkanan is a much better choice than Sabourin as a backup.

  20. kamullia says:

    Yes, I have seen that. The information surfaced after I made my post. But it does nothing but reinforce the fact that Conklin is nothing but the #3 in the Penguins goaltending depth chart, as I have stated.

    However, the simple fact that Conklin signed a two-way contract reflects both to what level Conklin and the Penguins had to sink to get an AHL goaltender and to mentor from affar.

    I firmly believe that although re-acquiring Sabourin is a good move for the future, that as far as the ongoing development of Fleury (mentoring-wise), it is a stalling at best. And as a minimum, it really should not help him along.

  21. kamullia says:

    Do not get me wrong. Overall, I think Sabourin is the right choice for the future of the organization. I cannot think of an up-and-coming backup goalie to fit the bill better than Dany for the Penguins.

    However, from the standpoint of development for Fleury, the Penguins are right now standing (as Italians say) nude with one hand in front and one back. In the short term, and for the development for Fleury, Markkanen would have been a better choice.

    But in the long-term, I do like what Sabourin brings. The problem is that if Shero is truly thinking in that direction, he should have or should soon, sign Sabourin long term. Otherwise, the signing was pointless and he had better choices and Jussi was one of them.

  22. intelligentscorpio says:

    Joseph would have been a better choice, or maybe Markkanan.

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