Red Wings bring back G Tom McCollum for conditional 7th round pick

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Tom McCollum of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 21, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have brought back goalie Tom McCollum for next to nothing. 

Detroit gave up a conditional 7th-round pick to the Calgary Flames to get McCollum back in the organization. 

McCollum, 27, originally was drafted by the Red Wings 30th overall in 2008. From 2009 to 2016, McCollum appeared in just three NHL games. He was part of some very successful Grand Rapids Griffins teams during that span.

The Red Wings let him go in 2016 and he eventually signed a two-year deal with the Flames. Calgary sent him to the AHL, and then he ended up down in the ECHL with the Adirondack Thunder. Finally, he was loaned the AHL's Charlotte Checkers. 

Red Wings goalie situation

Now McCollum's back with the Red Wings, who seem to have some question marks about which goalie is filling which role. Detroit is in a position to possibly have three goalies on the NHL roster this season. With Jared Coreau waiting for his chance, Petr Mrazek was left unprotected during the expansion draft, but he was not chosen by the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

McCollum's addition likely means the Red Wings plan to have Coreau with the NHL club for a better part of the season, possibly backing up Jimmy Howard who appears to have the starting job in Detroit if he's not injured. Howard has won the starting job from Mrazek in the past two seasons. 

McCollum likely will be taking the starting job in Grand Rapids, or at least a decent chunk of the games. 

So, as of now, the Red Wings goalie depth chart might look something like this heading into the 2017-18 season:

  1. Jimmy Howard
  2. Petr Mrazek/Jared Coreau
  3. Tom McCollum
  4. ?

Meanwhile, Detroit drafted 18-year-old goalie Keith Petruzelli at 88th overall this year out of Quinnipiac University. 

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