Posts tagged “Chris Osgood”

It’s Official: Osgood Retires

I  have the press release in my inbox and tweets from the conference call confirming it. Chris Osgood is hanging them up after 17 seasons.

I’ve felt most of this off-season that a retirement was probably his smartest choice, but that doesn’t mean I was prepared in some ways for this day. Chris Osgood has been the goalie in Detroit for most of my time as a fan. This retirement marks the end of an era. The fact that another year would have been a diservice to both himself and the team doesn’t change the sense of loss from closing such a successful chapter of Detroit hockey history. It’s not the way I would have chosen for him to go out, but the ideal wasn’t possible.

I’m kind of at a loss for words.

There are so many memories associated with Osgood,  but a couple stand out: his 2-0 shutout of Dallas in Game 6 of the ’98 WCF following his surrendering of the Langenbrunner lob, and his irritated interview following Game 1 of the 2009 playoffs. He had higher highs than that, but those two moments epitomize his best qualities: the mental toughness and inner belief that led to his standing strong against a ton of pressure.

Thanks for the memories, Ozzie. See you around.

Khan: Osgood Retiring

Khan has it from a source, and his quotes from Osgood’s agent seem to back up that story. However, there are conflicting reports out there. The “Osgood’s retiring” angle seems to have the most steam at the moment, though.

According to Khan, Oz will take a spot with the organization working with young goalies in the system, which would be a perfect job for him.

Khan also says the Wings should be signing Ty Conklin this week, which jives with what I was getting at yesterday with the timing of this announcement: it’s aimed at getting the new #2 locked up.

More if/when it’s official.

Osgood Conference Call Tomorrow

So says the official Twitter account. What’s your guess? I’d say it’d be a little weird to announce he’s re-signing by conference call except that, as @riceadam reminded me, Nick announced his return by one (the day of). But Osgood’s not Lidstrom. Seems like a press release could have served for a returning backup. But if they’re announcing he’s retiring, and maybe taking a position with the team, going above and beyond a release makes more sense.

Paul points out that Kenny’s on vacation (so, for that matter, is Osgood), so that at least explains the fact that it’s a call rather than an in-person press conference. Just speculating, but it may be that they’d want to get him announced as retired immediately rather than wait until their vacations are over, while on the other hand, a re-signing could have waited. Who knows, though.

If he is coming back, though, we can all stop saying “if he’s healthy.” He wouldn’t be coming back if he weren’t healthy enough to at least start the season. What happens after that is anybody’s guess, but the Wings aren’t going to  bring him back just because he wants to unless he checks out physically.

MacDonald Returns

Update (10:14 AM): Interesting:

And I quote from Jim Nill, who just walked by, about Joey MacDonald: “Just a little insurance policy.”

George, via TC. - Matt

Joey MacDonald has signed a 2-year deal with the Wings that will probably have him playing the role of mentor in Grand Rapids. And, possibly, the role of insurance against a potential Chris Osgood breaking-down. Yep, it’s possible this means the Wings and Chris Osgood will go for another year.

Going with Osgood again without Joey or a comparable guy in the program would have been a serious risk, but with MacDonald back in the fold, that risk is somewhat mitigated. They can get Osgood cheaper than just about anyone else and if his groin turns out not to hold up, they can go back to Joey, at least for the short term.

Of course, they could still be looking for another guy, but this at least opens the door for Osgood.

Osgood Activated, MacDonald Sent Back

One step closer to team health. Looks like he’ll be able to make that Thursday timeline after all. Here’s hoping the Wings can get him in the lineup more often than the two remaining back-to-backs. I’d really like to see Jimmy  get a little more rest than that, if possible. A lot will depend on Osgood picking up where he left off before the surgery.

MacDonald, meanwhile, will share duties with Jordan Pearce, who has been good enough that the team consigned Thomas McCollum to ECHL status for the rest of the year rather than disrupt the good thing they have going with Pearce. MacDonald, though, may actually  get a chance to play now.

Osgood’s Return Pushed Back

… to next week’s game in Columbus. That’s what WXYZ’s Tom Leyden  reports. The sooner you can spell Jimmy, the better, Oz.

Also, good comments from Zetterberg on where the team is right now. Let’s make good on them, eh Z?

Rafalski, Osgood Out Verus Kings

Update (2:00 PM): Chuck Pleiness has some more on Rafalski and Osgood, including news that the Wings are hoping Oz will be back this weekend. So there’s some chance he’ll be in Friday night.

Odd mistake on Pleiness’ part to say the Kings game is Thursday, though. - Matt

So reports Jennifer Hammond (@Hamr65), of Fox 2 Detroit. In Rafalski’s case, it’s no surprise given her earlier tweet that he wasn’t on the ice. On the other hand, Osgood did practice, so it’s a little disappointing, if not unexpected. I wonder how close he is and what the odds are we’ll see him for H2H2 on Friday.

Gotta say, it’s pretty cool that Jennifer tweets this stuff. The main beat writers haven’t even posted about this news yet. She covers other sports and not just the Wings, but she’s a great follow for bits like this, if you’re into Twitter (you should be).