Wings sign goalie Conklin
Conklin played with Edmonton, Columbus and Buffalo before playing last season with Pittsburgh. Conklin was a standout when Marc-Andre Fleury was injured, posting an 18-8-5 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a strong .923 save percentage in 33 games played.
Conklin's deal is reportedly worth $750,000. Howard is a restricted free agent.
Howard has one more season that he can go to and from the minors without clearing waivers.
Conklin, who was born in Alaska and played at the University of New Hampshire, has 110 regular-season games of NHL experience, but just one playoff game.