–The Wings signed veteran goaltender Ty Conklin to a one-year, $750,000 deal to be their backup goalie to Jimmy Howard. Conklin, 35, flourished in the same capacity with the Wings in 2008-09, going 25-11-2, with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

Conklin spent the past two seasons with St. Louis. He was good in 2009-10, going 10-10-2 while posting a 2.48 GAA and .921 save percentage. However, he slumped last season, going 8-8-4, with a 3.22 GAA and .881 save percentage.

–Newly-acquired defenseman Mike Commodore considered wearing uniform No. 64 to pay homage to the iconic Commodore 64 personal computer, but ultimately decided it would be too gimmicky and decided to wear No. 22. That’s the number he wore with Columbus and Carolina. No Wing has ever worn a number in the 60s.

–Justin Abdelkader took a 45-minute ride on a Blue Angels jet on July 20. The F/A-18 Hornet veered upward at a 90-degree angle shortly after takeoff and went through many wild twists and sharp turns. Abdelkader was upside down at times. He nearly blacked out on a couple of occasions but said it was an enjoyable experience as he fulfilled a childhood dream.

“I think we can compete and I like our salary cap space. If, after 60 games, we get to the (trade) deadline and are in a playoff position, we can make a deal. We haven’t had that (cap space) the last couple of years.” — Wings general manager Ken Holland.

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