Tough guy Darren McCarty close to a comeback with Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Darren McCarty is close to joining the Detroit Red Wings again.

General manager Ken Holland said Wednesday the team is “leaning toward offering him a contract.”

McCarty played in Detroit from 1993 through 2004. He has been productive in comeback stints with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and the International Hockey League’s Flint Generals.

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He was scoreless in 32 games last season, his second with the Calgary Flames.

McCarty was a fan favourite in Detroit, where the physical forward helped the Red Wings win three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002.