Chris Osgood ended the speculation, and his career, on Tuesday when he announced his retirement instead of his return to the Red Wings for another season.
"After a lot of thought I have decided to retire," Osgood announced. "I thought it was the best decision to make for the organization and myself. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I thought it would've been easier."
Well he will return to the Red Wings in one sense. The team announced he will stick around as a goalie consultant.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland had said he was interested in talking to Osgood about returning for another year to back up starting goaltender Jimmy Howard. Clearly that won't be happening now. Instead, Holland said he will sign another goaltender by week's end (Ty Conklin, come on down!)
Osgood finished out his career where it began, in Hockeytown. He spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons playing for the Wings, winning three Stanley Cups in that time. He ends up fourth all-time with 15 postseason shutouts, eighth all-time with 74 playoff wins and 10th all-time with 401 regular-season wins.
So is he Hall of Fame bound? Holland thinks so.
"In my opinion, it's a Hall of Fame career."
Osgood, meanwhile, will keep his fingers crossed.
"It means the world to me to get into the Hall of Fame. It means a lot and hopefully one day it happens."
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