Tag:Chris Osgood
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:37 am
 

Daily Skate: Case against Osgood; Isles jersey?

By Brian Stubits

NOT OSGOOD ENOUGH: The debate will go on as long as we don't have anything more meaningful to discuss. (OK, that's a lie, we've had much more meaningful things, but we digress.) Is Chris Osgood worthy of a place in the Hall of Fame? Here's a submission from a Red Wings fan arguing why Osgood should NOT be inducted. I always like seeing a fan trying his/her best to be impartial and arguing against their team. In this case, Osgood is truly as close to a tossup as you will find and you can make the argument either way.

ISLES THIRD JERSEY?: The blog over at Puck Daddy got wind yesterday of a possible third jersey for next season for the New York Islanders. As you might have noticed, alternates have become all the rage, a nice way for teams to sell additional jerseys. The sweater features a lot of black with blue and orange piping. The team later said that the mockup was one of the versions being considered but no final decision was made. I am clearly in the minority based on the onslaught of bad reactions the team received for it, but I don't mind them.

BOLTS PROSPECT HURT: Perhaps the Lightning's top prospect, Brett Connolly was hurt in a game on Thursday, having to be helped off the ice according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, who says that it looked like a leg injury, and not a very good one.

OVIE DITCHES CCM: Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin made an off-ice move this week, changing his apparel company from CCM to Bauer. Too bad, I guess it means the end of the crazy Ovechkin commercials that CCM was running like this one.

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Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:26 am
 

Red Wings sign Conklin after Osgood retirement

By Brian Stubits

That sure didn't take the Red Wings long.

A day after announcing Chris Osgood's retirement, Detroit GM Ken Holland wasted no time in turning his attention to Plan B for a backup goaltender, targeting former Wing Ty Conklin. Mission accomplished.

The team announced it has reached an agreement with the goaltender on a one-year contract to backup Jimmy Howard.

You have to give Holland this: He's good to the guys who have been good to him. So instead of trying for some of the other free agents available such as Ray Emery, he goes with the familiar and somebody he has seen before. Granted, Conklin's time with the Wings was brief, but it was enough to make an impression on Holland, it would appear.

Conklin returns to Detroit after spending the last two seasons in St. Louis. In two years he had an 18-18-6 mark but saw his numbers drop to .881 save percentage and 3.22 GAA this past season. He played in 40 games for Detroit in 2008-09 with a record of 25-11-2.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:02 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

By Brian Stubits

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!)

At least one person is happy to see Osgood go away. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan had this to say on Twitter: "Osgood retires! Thank god. That guy gave me fits. Heck of a career though. Congrats to him."

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."

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

By Brian Stubits

BEER LEAGUE: The NHL received some great news early on Tuesday when word came down that the league's sponsorship deal with Molson Coors to make it the official beer of the NHL for a reported $375 million would stand. The contention regarded Labatt's relationship with the NHL, with Labatt's saying it already had the rights to the Canadian teams. In the end, it's a huge win for the league, which had a lot of money to be won in the deal.

UP TO THE TASK: Will there be a more scrutinized goaltender next season than Ilya Bryzgalov? The Flyers reconstructed their roster partly to get Bryzgalov on the roster and minding the net so the pressure will be heavy in that regard. Plus, it's Philadelphia and the city hasn't had the Stanley Cup since 1975. The pressure can be a burden. But Bryzgalov is ready to handle the heat. "I want to be the guy who can carry this team," Bryzgalov said yesterday in a conference call. The spotlight's on.

WINGING IT: Yesterday, colleague Adam Gretz told you about the very limited options the Red Wings have in net to back up Jimmy Howard. Detroit GM Ken Holland is working through the issue, too, signing Joey MacDonald yesterday to a two-way deal and now stating his desire to get in touch with Chris Osgood about another season in Hockeytown. If it's not Osgood, Holland also would be interested in talking to former Wing Ty Conklin.

HOWDY SCOTT: With every passing day, fans get more and more access to the inner workings of the sports world. The latest is the outreach from Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who recently joined Twitter (@GMScottHowson) and started blogging -- joining Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis in that department. Howson is surprisingly open in things he posts, not being as secretive as one might expect. In his most recent blog entry, he recounts the past few weeks of numerous transactions both for the Jackets and the NHL as a whole.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Detroit's options limited for backup goaltender

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By Adam Gretz

The Red Wings went into the workday Monday with  only one goaltender under contract for the upcoming season -- returning starter Jimmy Howard, who is signed through next year at a cap hit of $2.25 million. By Monday afternoon the club had reached a two-year, two-way contract with backup Joey MacDonald, with the possibility remaining that veteran Chris Osgood could be returning to the mix as well.

MacDonald's deal will pay him an average annual salary of $550,000 if he plays in the NHL, and $105,000 if he plays in the minor leagues, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. General manager Ken Holland said, via St. James, that MacDonald is likely to open the season as the Red Wings' No. 3 goalie and that the team is still looking to add another veteran to backup Howard.

Speculation has naturally turned to Osgood, a 17-year veteran who has had two different stints wearing the winged wheel, in large part because other veteran free agents have already landed in other spots, including Tomas Vokoun in Washington and Jose Theodore in Florida. Other than Osgood, the remaining unrestricted free agent options include Pascal Leclaire, Ty Conklin (who has spent time with the Red Wings in the past and has been mentioned as a possibility this offseason), Patrick Lalime, Marty Turco and Ray Emery. In all honesty, that's pretty interchangeable group.

Osgood, who turns 39 in November, was limited to 11 games last season because of injury and has appeared in just 34 games over the past two seasons, recording a .892 save percentage.

The potential Howard-Osgood-MacDonald trio isn't the greatest collection of goaltenders across the league, but goaltending hasn't really been the backbone of the franchise in the cap era. Instead, the Red Wings have loaded up on their forwards and defense and made smaller investments between the pipes.

Over the past three years, Detroit has been in the bottom-five in terms of the percentage of its payroll that's been invested in goalies (fifth lowest in 2008-09, third lowest in 2009-10 and fifth lowest in 2009-10) and currently has the smallest commitment for 2011-12.

Regardless of who the team signs to play behind Howard this season, its investment in goaltending isn't likely to be a significant one.

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