Joey MacDonald enjoyed his return to the Red Wings' organization and hopes to stick around.
Signed to provide goaltending depth and to help mentor young prospect Thomas McCollum in Grand Rapids (AHL), MacDonald ended up playing almost as many games with the Wings as he did with the Griffins due to Chris Osgood's injuries.
MacDonald was 5-5-3 in 15 games with the Wings and had a 2.58 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage . In 20 games with the Griffins, MacDonald was 10-9-1 with a 2.78 GAA and an .894 save percentage.
"This is where I want to be," said MacDonald, who will be an unrestricted free agent again this summer. "Fortunately . . . I spent pretty much the whole year here and got an opportunity to play and played pretty well."
MacDonald played in Grand Rapids from 2002 to 2007 and appeared in eight games with the Wings during the 2006-07 season . He left the organization in 2007 to go to the Bruins and ended up playing with the Islanders and Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliates before returning to the Wings last summer.
McCollum, the 30th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, struggled this season, splitting time between Grand Rapids and the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League. The Wings will likely need to sign a veteran netminder in Grand Rapids to help with McCollum's development when goaltending coach Jim Bedard isn't in town.
McCollum had a 3.33 GAA and a .879 save percentage in 22 games with Grand Rapids and a 2.76 GAA and an .909 save percentage in 23 games with Toledo.