NHL Trade Rumors: Should Detroit Red Wings Keep or Trade Joey MacDonald?

Nicholas DiFrancoContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 06:  Goaltender Joey MacDonald #31 of the Detroit Red Wings in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on February 6, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Part 3 of 3 in the Keep or Trade series where three players are chosen, described and you the reader choose whether or not you would keep or trade him. We first looked at Jonathan Ericsson which can be found here, then Jiri Hudler found here. Now Joey MacDonald is up for discussion.

MacDonald was born in Canada 32 years ago. He stands 6'0" and weighs 197 pounds and is the starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate team the Grand Rapids Griffins.  That may be his full time title; however, for the past two weeks Joey MacDonald has been the Detroit Red Wings starting netminder.

MacDonald was signed by Red Wings’ scouts back in 2001-02 and began with the Griffins for the start of the 2002-03 season. He remained with the Griffins through 2006-07 when he finally got his chance to play in the NHL wearing a winged wheel.

MacDonald was the third-string goalie behind Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood. With Hasek sitting out and Osgood letting in three power play goals in the first period, MacDonald was thrown in net as relief.

The game may have ended in a loss, but MacDonald got a huge experience win.

He would eventually play in eight games that season for Detroit and two for the Griffins. He would also play seven games for the Boston Bruins that year, who picked him up on waivers.

MacDonald would find his way to the New York Islanders, where he received some substantial ice time. Playing in 49 games in the 2008-09 season, he managed a very respectable .901 save percentage on a struggling Islanders club.

From New York, MacDonald would make his way through Toronto before ending up with the Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins again in 2010-11.

Starting for the Griffins thus far this season, MacDonald has totaled a .913 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in 26 games played. As previously mentioned, however, he has not started for the Griffins in two weeks.

Red Wings’ first-string goalie Jimmy Howard, who was having a well documented record season, broke his finger on Feb. 2nd against the Vancouver Canucks. This incident opened up a spot for backup goalie Ty Conklin to take over, and MacDonald to be called up to serve as Conklin's backup.

Ty Conklin had not played well in any of his appearances this season—winning only three games in eleven appearances and nine starts. When he let in three goals in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers on February 4th, he was pulled, and MacDonald was put between the pipes.

MacDonald now holds four wins in six appearances and five starts. He has a .930 save percentage and 1.72 GAA for the Wings.

Not to mention—he preserved the consecutive home winning streak to a still running NHL record of 21.

With that, Joey MacDonald is left in your hands. Answer in the poll. What would you do—keep or trade?

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