The Calgary Flames have claimed goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers today.
MacDonald was cleared to play today after being out since March 14 due to a bulging disc.
The Flames needed a goalie after started Mikka Kiprusoff sprained his MCL last Tuesday in a game against the Red Wings. He is listed as day-to-day.
MacDonald, who turned 33 last Thursday, went 8-5-1, with a 2.16 goals-against average and .912 save percentage for the Red Wings in 2011-12. He stepped in when Jimmy Howard was injured and won seven games in a row at one point, winning the back-up job from Ty Conklin.
Detroit signed Jonas Gustavsson on July 1 to be Howard's backup. Gustavsson has been out since Jan. 22 with a groin pull. He has been skating on his own the past several days but isn't sure when he'll return. Until then, rookie Petr Mrazek will continue to back-up Howard.
MacDonald is in the final year of his contract, a one-way deal for $550,000. He asked to be traded over the summer, not wanting to spend another season in the AHL, but the club was not able to accommodate his request.
Flames claim goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from Red Wings
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