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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:

1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.

 

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The Curious Case of Chris Osgood

First, let me say I am really happy that there’s a 3 year waiting period for election to the Hockey Hall of Fame, since that gives everyone a better chance to cool down and reflect on a career, rather than operating on emotion.

That said, there’s still a lot of discussion going on, and some alleged pundits must have had “No Way Osgood Gets Into the Hockey Hall Of Fame” columns stored away on their disks, hands hovering over the “send” command, just waiting….

Me? I’ve been running the numbers, and working through the history on Chris Osgood.

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A Look Back at “The Game” That Created “Hockeytown”

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Alright, I’m sure I’ll take some heat for this, for multiple reasons, but mostly because it goes outside my blog’s rage of coverage which is listed as “everything but the NHL”. In my defense though, this isn’t news; it’s just a retrospective look at some hockey history. Plus, ever since the recent retirement of Chris Osgood, I’ve been thinking about writing about this, and providing my personal perspective on what I feel is one of the most historic games in Detroit Red Wings franchise history, at least among the games that have been played in my lifetime (1987 to present).

As a young kid growing up in Metro-Detroit, I started casually watching hockey in 1991 - mostly the Red Wings; although I soon developed a love for the Boston Bruins as well, for some unknown reason. Once I watched my first hockey game, I instantly became a fan of the sport, as I found it to be far more entertaining and exciting than football, baseball, and basketball. I quickly learned how to skate and then starting playing hockey, but I still wouldn’t consider my young self much more than a moderate fan of hockey… until May 16, 1996… when St. Louis played Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

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Osgood Takes His ‘Helmet’ With Him

from Denis Grignon of the Toronto Star,

To that exclusive group of NHL goalies — a club that had withered to one until Chris Osgood’s retirement last week made it zero — it’s simply referred to as “The Helmet.”

The Detroit goalie’s three Stanley cups and 401 wins should stand as his crowning achievements. But it may be that round and red head bucket and white wire face grill that many fans will remember him for first.

What was originally the Cooper HM30 wasn’t always perceived as an antiquated piece of goalie gear that belonged in a display case. Once it was seen as futuristic, as evidenced by its appearance in the first Tron flick and the original Robocop.

“We’d look at our reflection in the glass and think, ‘yeah, this is cool,’ ” reminisces Osgood about his time playing junior in Medicine Hat, about wearing the helmet and cat’s eye cage combo, which morphed into Bauer and Winwell versions in later years.

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Osgood News Comes Tomorrow

via Red Wings tweet,

The Red Wings have scheduled a media conference call with Chris Osgood and Ken Holland at noon tomorrow.

What do you think?

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Morning Line

“I miss playing and miss being on the ice.  he frustrating part is not being able to do what you want to do. You get close and it doesn’t work. It becomes worrisome because you don’t know if you can come back and play again. There are a lot of things that go through your head.

“I feel like I’m closer, but not where I need to be to be playing games. I’d say we’re on the right track, though.”

-Chris Osgood, goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings on trying to recover from hernia surgery.  More from Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.

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Surgery For Osgood

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood has a “significant’’ tear in his groin and will have surgery Tuesday morning to repair a sports hernia, general manager Ken Holland said.

Osgood will be out six-to-eight weeks.

Osgood, whose groin has been bothering him for a couple of months, flew to Philadelphia today to see a specialist, Dr. William Meyers, the doctor who has performed the same surgery on, among others, Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom.

Holland said the club is hopeful Osgood will be back in six weeks. In either case, he’ll have plenty of time to get prepared for the playoffs.

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Osgood

Ian Walker writes for PuckWorld at the Vancouver Sun.

A screenshot of his recent tweets...

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added 5:11pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Another Khan update has been added at 5:18pm, see below…

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Osgood Is One Of A Fading Breed

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood has 744 NHL games on his resume, but if he was playing junior hockey today many scouts would think twice about drafting him because of his small stature.

“I don’t think I’d be playing ... I have a friend, Neil Little, who scouts for Philly and he says they won’t even look at a goalie under six feet,” said Osgood, who is listed at five-foot-10, 180 pounds, on the Red Wings team website.

“I’m playing at the perfect time for me on a great team. Vernie (Mike Vernon) always said he was the perfect size and I thought I was when we were together in Detroit and neither would be that way today.

“It’s crazy, but that’s the way it is. Dom (Hasek) would be considered small today. But it’s the evolution of hockey, time changes. Now scouts want you to be six-foot-two. Believe me, I’m very happy to have played when I did and happy to still be playing at 38.”

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Thinking Hall Of Fame For Osgood

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When you take a look at the other nine netminders who have hit the 400-win mark, six are already in the Hockey Hall of Fame (Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Grant Fuhr). Martin Brodeur, the winningest goaltender of all time, is a lock, while Ed Belfour is considered a good Hall bet next year in his first year of eligibility. Curtis Joseph is fourth all-time with 454 wins, but never won a Cup.

That leaves Osgood, who has 400 wins and owns three Stanley Cup rings. In the spring of 2009, he was also one win away from a fourth when the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Wings 2-1 in Game 7 in Detroit.

He has never been as flashy or flamboyant as many of those in the 400 club, but how does not smashing up television sets in coaches’ offices, etc., stand as a mark against a person?

Does Osgood think about the Hall of Fame, his place in the game?

“Of course I do,” he said. “You’ve kind of proven that you belong there and you want to get there. It’s right there in front of me.”

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added 11:44am, from Rob Otto of Mlive,

That is where Osgood falls short.  The eyeball test.  If you’ve seen him play, it is hard to say he is one of the best ever.

How often was he considered one of the best players among his contemporaries in the NHL?  How often was he even considered one of the best players on his team?  Heck, how often was it a 100-percent lock that he was even the best goalie on his team?

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added 11:51am, from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

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400 Career Wins For Chris Osgood

And he did win it, with 46 saves in a 4-3 OT win against Colorado.

Nick Lidstrom once again the quiet leader, 1 goal and 3 assists.

video added 12:10am, 12/28/10

2nd video added below at 12:24am, 12/28/10, Chris Osgood postgame interview.

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Osgood Will Get A Shot To Win #400 At Home

from Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn’t seem all that sentimental when it comes to milestones—winning games is the main thing—but he is changing Chris Osgood’s next start to Sunday against Dallas to give him a chance at getting his 400th victory at Joe Louis Arena.

“I was going to go with him in Chicago (on Friday), but the players came to me, and they want him to get his first shot at it at home,” Babcock said….

“And I’ve learned over the years—especially with this group, we’ve got a mature group—when your captain talks to you, I think you should listen.”

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Wings Look Good According To Osgood

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood had the opportunity to analyze the team during his five-week absence with a strained groin.

He’s not afraid to say this year’s version reminds him of the Stanley Cup-winning team from 2007-08.

“This is the best I’ve seen us play since 2008,” Osgood said after Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. “The way we’re playing as a group—we’re playing smart hockey, we’re tough to play against. We were tired tonight and we still gave ourselves a chance to win the game.

“We’re going to win a lot of games playing like this.”

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Osgood Injures His Groin

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood injured his groin early in today’s practice and went to the hospital for tests.

“Groin soreness and he’s being evaluated, so when I talk about groins normally that means day-to-day and then two weeks later we talk about it again,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “And for a goalie, it usually means day-to-day and three weeks later we talk about it.’‘

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Enough Of Osgood

from Rob Otto of Mlive,

At some point, no matter what is happening in front of him, a goalie needs to make an unbelievable save to keep his team in the game. It happens every night in the National Hockey League.

If the only way Chris Osgood can win games is if his team plays perfectly in front of him, then he should not be on the ice.

If I had told you going into the game that Detroit’s defense would hold the Stars to just 15 total shots, I think you would have been very happy about that. Not with good old Ozzie between the pipes. What more can the blue-liners do than keep a team below 20 shots?

Osgood has to make tough saves sometimes. It is what good goalies do. He seems incapable of doing that on a regular basis.

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Osgood Ready To Play

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit Free Press,

...as he heads into his 21st season as a pro, 14th in Detroit, Osgood is not only fully invested, he has no intention of doing anything but playing well and finishing his career with the Red Wings.

“You know, I never know from year to year, anymore,” Osgood said of a career he acknowledges is clearly easing into the last few—maybe several—seasons. “Every time I think I know what’s going on, it changes. Every year, it seems to be different now, than it used to be. It’s hard to predict anything. I just come in positive and thinking anything can happen—much more so, now, than when I was younger.”

The knowledge Howard is the top hammer in the net for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders is not lost on Osgood, one of three goaltenders in the long history of the franchise to be the playoff goalie for more than one Cup in Detroit (1998 and 2008). Terry Sawchuk won three (1952, 1954 and 1955) and Johnny Mowers two (1936 and 1937).

In fact, Osgood said he cannot help but cheer for Howard, whom he mentored throughout the 2009-10 season, as they both prepare for 2010-11.

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Osgood Gets First Start In Over Two Months

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Asked what he expects from Osgood, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, “A win. Stop the puck and win, real simple.

“It’s not like he hasn’t been practicing. He’s going to go in and play well for us, and we’re going to rally around him.”

Babcock said Osgood also will start one of the final three games. Osgood’s last appearance was a 28-minute relief stint in a 6-3 loss to Vancouver on March 3. His last win was Dec. 12 in Nashville.

“I got to get some games, get ready in case I have to go in in the playoffs. You never know what’s going to happen,” Osgood said Friday. “Plus, it could be a big game, it’s pretty close in the standings. I haven’t played for a while, but I feel good.”

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Osgood Understands His Backup Role

from BBob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

He’d still love to play more, and he won’t say it, but I will: Anyone who writes off Osgood is plain silly.

But that’s not the issue right now. Howard has earned the right to start, and if he keeps playing so well, making 46 saves in a victory over Nashville on Friday, he’ll be in net if (when) the Wings open the playoffs. He’ll be in net when the Wings play the Penguins on Sunday.

And the veteran mentor will be ready to do whatever he can to make it work.

“I’ve played a ton of games, and sure, I still want to play,” Osgood said Saturday, before the Wings departed for Pittsburgh. “But I owe it to Howie and the team. It’s kind of like the past reclaims itself. We’ve not totally switched roles, but I had guys—Mike Vernon, Tim Cheveldae, Vincent Riendeau—who helped me. There’s no way I could’ve been here by myself, without the older guys’ help. It’d be selfish of me to act any other way.”

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Stop With The Osgood Excuses

from Rob Otto at Mlive,

Chris Osgood was anything but sharp last night in the Red Wings’ 5-2 loss to Minnesota, allowing three goals on the first six Wild shots.

I hear all the arguments defending Osgood – he’s rusty because he has only two starts since Christmas; Minnesota scored twice on the power play, and you can’t blame him for that; the defense isn’t helping him out enough; Ozzie has won in the past and will heat up when the team really needs him.

There’s another word for “arguments,” and it’s “excuses.” As my dad The Commander always says “I don’t want excuses, I want results.” The results certainly tell the entire story.

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Osgood Makes Howard An NHL Goalie

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

After the Carolina win, Howard was unlacing his skates while trying to explain the importance of the bounce-back game. How was an inexperienced NHL goalie able to shake off a rough start so easily?

He stopped messing with the skates and pointed to the veteran to his right who was peeling off mostly dry hockey gear.
There was the answer: Chris Osgood. The reason Howard is succeeding is because of Osgood.

“I’m just trying to stay in the moment and he’s taught me how to do that. He’s one of the best in the league at that,” Howard told Sporting News. “He knows how to let things roll off his back and just continue to push forward.”...

According to Babcock, Howard will start again Saturday in Dallas. Following the Carolina game, he wasn’t ruling out another Howard start on Sunday….

“The way the league works, the guy who is playing good gets to play,” Babcock explained.

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Osgood Is The Key To The Wings Success

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

Coach Mike Babcock is looking at other forwards to score more in Franzen’s absence, but my view is that goaltender Chris Osgood is the key to overcoming Franzen’s loss. The Red Wings still have a dominating defense and they simply need Osgood to be at his best.

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Afternoon Line

Osgood wasn’t among the five goalies invited to the (Canadian Olympic) camp, which seems to say something about the faith Detroit’s brain trust really has in him.

-Wes Goldstein of CBS Sports.  More on the Wings from Wes…

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Don’t Blame Osgood

From Drew Sharp at the Free Press:

The coming days will find Detroit in a constant state of complaint. Those who fervently believed in the inevitability of a downtown championship celebration will seek blame for the Stanley Cup inexplicably leaving town.

The more-stubborn conspiracy theorists will take to their graves the certainty in their minds that Pittsburgh’s remarkable recovery from a 3-2 series deficit was a league-orchestrated operation to fulfill Sidney Crosby’s championship destiny.

But there’s one flaw in that theory. You mean there was only one flaw?

Crosby didn’t play the final 30 minutes Friday after an apparent knee injury.

There’s plenty of fault to go around following this collapse. 

Point a finger at the lack of secondary scoring, Marian Hossa’s vanishing act against his former team, as well as the missing in action Tomas Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler.

But you can’t blame Chris Osgood.

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Osgood Today

Q.      I how much do you relish these opportunities under these circumstances of going into an opponent’s arena when you know they’re going to be all over you from the first drop of the puck?

        CHRIS OSGOOD: It’s fine. I’m not so sure they’re going to be all over us. But our goal is for them not to be. Our goal is for us to kind of take it to them this time. We learn from our mistakes.

        I think the last time we went in there, I don’t think we were physically fatigued in Game 3, just mentally we weren’t as sharp as we usually are. So this time we’re going in fully rested and ready to go. So I expect us to play our best game. I really do.

        Q. How good was it to have the day off? What did you do, and what was it like to get out there and get a spirited little workout in?

        CHRIS OSGOOD: Yesterday just took a huge rest. Watched some TV. Watched the Tigers play. Took a two and a half hour nap. Haven’t gotten a lot. I’m banking some sleep here. I’ve been pretty busy. Just watched the basketball game. Just pretty much rested all day. Today felt a little stiff when I first got out there, obviously. But got loosened up as we went along. So it was good to get the kinks out today and feel sharp for tomorrow.

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Datsyuk & Osgood Today

Q. Do you think you’ll be healthy enough to play Game 4?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: Yeah, I’m healthy now. But we’ll make tomorrow a game decision. A game decision. That’s it.

        Q. What do you remember when you blocked that shot, you know? As an athlete, you go through a lot of different injuries. Just how painful it was then, and at any point did you think that maybe you wouldn’t even have a chance to be a game-time decision, that you might not be able to play at all?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: What I remember, just I blocked shot, this is all, but I’m so happy I did my job, I blocked. And after I don’t want to take off my skates. You know, I finished game or not. Now every day it feels better and better, and I hope it’s gonna help me.

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Afternoon Line

They way Osgood has played, we’re not sure how Red Wings executive and Team Canada Olympic boss Steve Yzerman doesn’t hand him an invite to the team’s summer camp in August. If four or five goalies get invites, how does Osgood not get one?

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.  More on Osgood vs. Fleury from Pierre…

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Osgood Is The Difference

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Just like last year, the Pens are now looking at having to win four straight or at least four out of five to take the Cup. Only one team, the ‘71 Canadiens, has ever won the title after losing the first two games of the final.

But that’s just the surface story. The reality is this year’s final is very, very different from last year, both in terms of the intensity of the competition and the nature of the two games played so far.

The Wings, battered by injuries, have been outshot in both games and either outplayed or at best fought to a draw.

Yet they lead two games to none.

The reason, aside from the fact Justin Abdelkader is outscoring both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined, is Chris Osgood.

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Osgood vs. Fleury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the Stanley Cup final starts tomorrow night in Detroit, though, Osgood and Fleury will be the last two goaltenders standing. And they are tied for first place in the most important category of this year’s playoffs at 12 wins each.

This is the second consecutive showdown in the Cup final for them, with Osgood and the Wings handily winning the best-of-seven series in five games a year ago to win his third Stanley Cup ring. However, Osgood, 36, is regarded as a veteran who has had the good fortune to play for a great team for most of his career while Fleury, 24, is considered another of the great young talents on the star-studded Penguins roster.

“With Chris Osgood, if you look at history, when he’s played on teams that are not so good [St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders], he’s been not so good,” said Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators. “But there is something about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, like playing for the New York Yankees, that makes players elevate their games in response to everyone else.

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Still Doubting Osgood?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Perhaps one day, about five years after Chris Osgood is done with his NHL career, we’ll all wake up and realize he was a better goalie than anyone ever gave him credit for.

Perhaps it will be the day he goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 400-plus wins and a few Stanley Cup rings.

But, until then, it seems Osgood will have to live with the fact no matter what he does, people will second-guess him.

“It doesn’t really bother me to be honest,” Osgood told ESPN.com during an interview over lunch Monday. “I know I have respect from the guys in the room and they know what I can do.”

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Big Moment- Osgood Stops Christensen

Chris Osgood robs Erik Christensen at the door step to keep the score at 2-1 Detroit with 3:05 to go in the second period.

added 10:47pm, via Dan Wood of the OC Register,

“I actually bent down and told him, ‘Nice save, Ozzie,’” Christensen said. “I had him along the ice. He was going one way. I was going the other way. He just reached out and it was right in his glove — unlucky for me, lucky for him.

“It could have changed the momentum completely.”

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It’s Not Osgood’s Fault He Plays For A Good Team

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

For years I’ve believed that Rogie Vachon has always paid a price for having the misfortune to have played for too many poor to mediocre hockey teams. Arguably he’s the best goalie not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now I wonder whether Chris Osgood will always pay a price for having the misfortune of playing for an exceptional hockey franchise.

Osgood has 389 regular-season victories, three Stanley Cup rings, two of them earned as the No. 1 goalie. He has 61 career playoff wins, tying him for 12th on the NHL’s all-time list. Depending upon the Red Wings’ fate, Osgood could climb as high as eighth this spring.

Only three goalies in NHL history—Patrick Roy (23), Marty Brodeur (22) and Curtis Joseph (16)—have more postseason shutouts than Osgood, who earned his 14th Saturday night.

Unquestionably, Osgood has Hall of Fame numbers. Before he retired, he could be fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.

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Defending Osgood

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few days ago, Chris Osgood had dinner with an old friend and former teammate Mike Vernon. Their get-together - for food, beverage and conversation - is pertinent on many levels, as the Detroit Red Wings gear up to defend the Stanley Cup they won in comparatively easy fashion last spring.

Osgood recently passed Vernon for 11th place on the all-time goaltender wins list. Much was made of the fact that Martin Brodeur just moved past Patrick Roy at the top earlier in March, but Osgood, at age 36, with almost 300 fewer starts under his belt, is the only active goalie with even an outside chance to win 500 games. He could reel in another former teammate, Dominik Hasek, for 10th all-time before the end of the year, which would leave a former idol, Grant Fuhr, next in his sights at ninth overall with 403 career wins.

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Osgood’s Numbers Don’t Lie

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

He is hockey’s Indian rubber lightning rod, so used to the criticism that he can wrap it in stats and send it flying back at you twice as fast.

Sure, Osgood stunk in Calgary Monday night, letting in three softies before getting the hook. But if you want to say that makes him suspect for the playoffs, you’d better check your numbers, pal.

“Last year I had a 1.55 (GAA) and a .930 saves percentage in the playoffs. That’s not a fluke. There is a reason why that happens,” the beleaguered Detroit goaltender said Tuesday morning in Edmonton, where he was — by some seven or eight minutes — the last Red Wing off the ice after an optional morning skate.

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Osgood Under Fire

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Those who thought Rodney Dangerfield had it tough, should try hanging out with Chris Osgood for a while.

Talk about a guy not getting any respect.

Despite winning three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, Osgood has long been a favourite whipping boy and has always had his share of critics in town….

“It’s like in a lot of sports, there is that one position that takes a lot more heat than the rest of the players,” said Wings forward Kirk Maltby. “Here in Detroit, it’s the goaltenders. This is Chris’ second go-round here and it’s no different. But Ozzie has the perfect mentality to, not only be a goaltender, but to deal with criticism.

“He doesn’t get up or down. If he goes on a five-game winning streak, it’s not like he’s flying around here. He keeps a pretty even keel. It’s a long season and things are going to happen. But if you ask anybody in this dressing room, they’re going to tell you that we have all the confidence in the world that he will be ready come playoff time.”

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Osgood Has Groin Issue

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Wednesday’s practice: Wings goalie Chris Osgood did not practice due to a sore groin, coach Mike Babcock said. Babcock wasn’t sure about the extent of the injury, but it appears he might not even be able to serve as Ty Conklin’s back-up for Thursday’s game against San Jose.

Still waiting to hear what roster moves the team will make, whether it will be Jimmy Howard or Daniel Larsson recalled from Grand Rapids and whether they will waive a player to make room.

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Morning Line

“All we do here is work towards the playoffs.  I don’t let goals or games affect me. I just play the games as they come. I don’t think anything more than that. That’s the formula that worked last year and that’s what will work again in the long run this year. When it gets down to it, in April no one cares what happened in December. You guys are looking for something that’s not there.”

-Wings goaltender Chris Osgood.  George at Snap Shots has much more on Osgood.

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Cuddling with the Cup

imageFrom the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:

After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.

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Wings Could Win In Different Ways

from the Vernon Morning Star,

Supported by an awesome top-four defensive core and forwards who are committed to blocking shots and picking up their checks, Osgood noted one major difference from the ‘97 team he backstopped.

“They’re both great teams. Our team this year was just a tenacious team. We never really get rattled anymore. We played our game-plan and our style of play. This team could win games in different ways than other teams did. We could win in the trenches, 2-1 games, a tough, ugly game that we couldn’t before.

“That’s the difference. We were able to win the ugly games and the physical in-the-trenches games like maybe before we couldn’t. That’s why we won, we were capable of winning any way the other team wanted to play.”

more from Osgood as he prepares for a Cup visit next week…

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What A Host

from the Detroit Free Press,

Word spread quickly on the street that the Cup and Osgood were inside the Irish pub. Lines formed outside 821 Penniman Avenue to get a glimpse of North America’s oldest professional sports trophy, which is made of silver and nickel alloy.

And once you gained entrance inside O’Callaghan’s, it was pure bedlam.

“Oh, my God, I just drank out of the Stanley Cup,’’ said one female patron as she exited the bar.

While patrons poured their alcoholic beverages into the Cup for a chance at a celebratory swig, Osgood patiently accommodated, hunched over and standing on top of the bar, while pouring the bulky 34-pound trophy.

more

Read about the celebration that is about to begin in Harbour Grace N.L., brought to you by the CP via the Globe and Mail…

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Osgood’s Secret

imageSlow news day for the moment as the NHL’s mainstream press enjoys their 3-martini lunches in Toronto before tonight’s fun

Meanwhile, The Onion takes over:

LOS ANGELES—Sources within the Red Wings organization confirm that goalie Chris Osgood, who is currently engaged in accompanying the Stanley Cup on a victory tour of talk shows and publicity events, has repeatedly and insistently claimed to have gotten as far as third base with hockey’s championship trophy during the past week.

continued…

*thanks to Jennifer for dropping us the link earlier!

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Osgood on Jim Rome

Yesterday, Chris Osgood spoke to Jim Rome on ESPN.

Video below:

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Wings Bring Sexy Back

From Steve Schrader at the Free Press:

[Jay] Leno also asked if Timberlake taught them anything in return for the hockey lessons.

And the Wings launched into Timberlake’s tune “SexyBack,” singing “we’re bringing sexy back” once and then switching to “we’re bringing Stanley back.”

Video below:

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A Hockey Dad’s Relief

From Robin Collum in the Edmonton Journal, the words of John Osgood:

“I’m a hockey dad, so I know it’s a 60-minute game, and I knew that in Detroit in Game 5 when they scored in the last minute to extend the series.

“So in the last minute in Pittsburgh when it was 3-2 and everybody was up cheering, I was sitting. I was watching the screen, and it was 5.2 seconds left, and the puck was at centre ice, so I risked standing up and starting to celebrate,” he said.  “Then, all of a sudden, it’s a two-one-one down low, Crosby’s got the backhand, Hossa’s got the puck and throws it through the crease.

“But it worked out and it was so emotional, but a sense of relief, too, that it was over. I think I was more nervous than Chris was.”

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Backing Up Osgood

From Ansar Khan at MLive,

“I think Jimmy Howard is very close, if not there, to playing in the NHL,” Holland said. “I’m guessing Ozzie can play 50 games, maybe more. The 20-30 games that Chris doesn’t play in a parity league, those are key points. The hardest thing is, we’re trying to continue to be a Cup contender. How do you move young people into your team at a key position?”

Even if the Red Wings anticipate Howard being the backup, they are likely to pursue a low-priced, experienced goalie, in the wake of Dominik Hasek’s retirement.

more on signing Brad Stuart, Mike Babcock, etc

Update 9:20am ET: More from Bruce MacLeod at Macomb Daily, on various Detroit business
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*hat-tip to Spector who has more on this and other NHL rumors today

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Osgood on the Red Carpet

From Mike Itchue at MLive.com:

Chris Osgood joined The Stoney and Wojo show on WDFN (1130 AM Detroit) Monday afternoon to share stories of his weekend adventures with the Stanley Cup and talk about upcoming appearances.

Osgood and Nicklas Lidstrom will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, and Osgood will also walk the Cup down the red carpet at the premiere of the Mike Myers movie “The Love Guru,” which has a hockey theme.

“That is one thing I’m nervous about,” Osgood said of his red carpet walk.

Go to MLive for audio of the complete interview with Osgood.

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Team Comes First

From Helene St. James at the Free Press,

“I think what’s passed down from a lot of Hall of Famers that have played here, what is passed on to Nick Lidstrom and Drapes, and it will be passed on to the next guys, that is what made the difference for us in Game 6,” Osgood said. “I think that’s underestimated. Those guys told us how to handle this, how to handle it after we lost in overtime in Game 5, and now we can tell the Darren Helms and the Nik Kronwalls.

“I truly think we win because we’re more of a team, from the guys who retired to the guys who are still playing, than anywhere else. If Pavel Datsyuk is leading the league in scoring, Henrik Zetterberg is not mad about it. Steve Yzerman taught us all how to be team players and play for the other guy.”

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Curfuffal

Osgood gets interviewed by McCarty and creates a new word.  Is the spelling correct?

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Osgood for the HHOF?

From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,

A few months ago – heck, even a few weeks ago – the notion seemed ludicrous: Chris Osgood for the Hall of Fame?

Some of you may even be shaking your heads and/or laughing right now.

But with the specs for his third Stanley Cup ring about to be sent to the jeweler, the question begs asking.

THN presents all the arguments.  Read ‘em and vote.

 

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Feel-Good Story of the Playoffs

From the CP via TSN,

Undervalued. Underappreciated. Whatever, Osgood has always been considered merely an average NHL goalie, but he proved this spring that he’s more than that - although it seems, whatever he accomplishes, he’ll never convince everybody. That’s just the way it is with some athletes.

Some will say any goalie would look good behind the best defence in the NHL. With five-time Norris Trophy winner Nick Lidstrom anchoring the blue-line corps, and with Selke Trophy finalists Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk headlining a cast of forwards who forecheck and backcheck like no others, Osgood had to face an average of only about 22 shots a game.

Regardless, nobody can deny that Osgood is one of the feel-good stories of the post-season.

continued…

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Tuesday with Osgood, Draper, Rafalski & Lidstrom

Q. Chris, could you talk about the mood of the team, maybe compare it as it is right now as to maybe immediately following the end of last night’s game?

CHRIS OSGOOD: We were all right after the game. We played hard. It was another great game. We just fell in the wrong end. That’s the way we looked at it. It was an end to end game. We had plenty of chances. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes it’s a game of bounces. It didn’t go our way, but we managed to fight back.

It didn’t happen. We have another opportunity tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.

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