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

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.

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.

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