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Darren McCarty starts NHL comeback with minor-league appearance

MUSKEGON, Mich. - Former Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty began his NHL comeback attempt Wednesday, skating for the Flint Generals in an IHL game against the Muskegon Fury.

The 35-year-old McCarty went scoreless in the game, which the Fury won 5-4 in a shootout. The veteran forward is angling for a return to the NHL after two injury-filled seasons with the Calgary Flames.

Red Wings officials are monitoring his progress and say McCarty could earn a spot with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League if he produces with the Generals. McCarty's next game for Flint is Friday.

Detroit bought out McCarty's contract in 2005 after the lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season. He was on the Wings' 1997, 1998 and 2002 Stanley Cup championship teams.

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