DETROIT - Darren McCarty's journey back to the NHL is complete.
The Detroit Red Wings signed the veteran winger to a one-year contract on Monday. McCarty has been loaned to AHL Grand Rapids for a 14-day conditioning stint.
He started the season with the IHL's Flint Generals before signing a contract with the Griffins earlier this month.
"Darren has earned this opportunity," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "He's made great strides in the past several months and we wanted to give him the chance to continue in hopes he can contribute to the Red Wings once again."
The 35-year-old spent the past two years with the Calgary Flames, although he was limited to 32 games last season because of a back injury.
McCarty spent 11 seasons with Detroit before that won and three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings.
In 742 career NHL games for the Red Wings and Flames, the native of Burnaby, B.C., has 126 goals and 160 assists for 286 points.