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Chris Osgood simply wants to return for the Red Wings’ playoff run

As we cross our fingers about Brian Rafalski (he’s OK, thank goodness), Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood, who’s recovering from much more than a simple sports hernia, addressed his status while speaking to the Detroit News’s Chris McCosky, and in doing so, he sounded a little…Hasekian:

“My goal is to just get healthy and feel real good and take it from there,” he said. “I can’t go out there when I am not at full capacity and expect to play like I have to play. I can’t be 80 percent or whatever, that wouldn’t be fair to the guys. I have to make sure I’m totally healthy and ready — if not for a game or the playoffs, then for next year.”

Osgood is 38 and hasn’t played since Jan. 4. He and general manager Ken Holland have had several talks recently about when or if Osgood would be back this season.

“I wasn’t even sure I was going to play because of the standings and because I haven’t played in a while,” Osgood said. “When I went in (to surgery) the doctor said it would be eight to 12 weeks, that’s how long I was going to be out. I was obviously hoping it would earlier, that I’d recover faster, but it hasn’t ended up being like that.”

It’s been 10 weeks since the surgery and Osgood said he planned get back on the ice Tuesday or Wednesday. He said the goal was to be able to string together seven or eight good practices and perhaps play in one of the final two regular-season games.

“I was thinking like before, but now I’m just trying to have one good day at a time,” he said. “I am hoping to be available for the playoffs. That would be the best-case scenario.”

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

My goal is to just get healthy and feel real good and take it from there,” he said.

Hell, Ozzie always feels “good” – even when he gets waxed 6-0. There’s no doubt he’s been a winner in the past. But, right now, I’d rather see a battle-hardened and confident J.Mac in goal over an “I’m feeling realy good” Ozzie between the pipes.

It’s time for Ozzie to hang up the pads and start being a full-time mentor for the Wings goalies of the future. Lord knows McCollum needs it right now.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/27/11 at 02:35 AM ET

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