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Updated: Crud! Osgood’s back on the LTIR, Red Wings recall Joey MacDonald

Updated 6x at 7:04 PM: Not good news from MLive’s Ansar Khan as the Red Wings prepare to face off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight: Chris Osgood’s having some difficulties in recovering from sports hernia surgery:

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood has suffered another setback in his attempt to return from sports hernia surgery on Jan. 11, as the club today placed him on long-term injured reserve, retroactive to last week. Joey MacDonald has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins and will dress as Jimmy Howard’s backup tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.

Update/edit: Here’s what Ken Holland told Khan about Osgood, and it’s bad news:

Osgood isn’t eligible to come off long-term IR until the final two games of the regular season, April 8-10 vs. Chicago.

“We’re back to square one with him,’’ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Everybody’s frustrated. When we took him off LTI 10 days ago, the player, the doctor and the trainers all signed off on it. He felt good. The first day he had a full practice he felt sore but though he was going to push through it. I think he felt the pressure to come back with the playoffs looming. It’s obvious he’s not anywhere close to playing.’‘

Holland said Osgood will take a few days off and then hopefully start practicing again.

“It’s been apparent he needs 7 to 10 days of full practices to convince himself he’s healthy and to get his level of performance up to the point where he feels he can be effective at NHL game level. I know Chris is very frustrated, disappointed. He wanted to get back and play some games.’‘

Assuming that MacDonald can arrive in time for tonight’s game, this means that the Wings won’t dress Troy Passingham as Howard’s back-up. This could mean that Osgood’s not ready to return, but it could also simply be the Wings tossing Osgood onto the LTIR through this upcoming weekend to allow them to recall MacDonald without going over the cap.

Update: Via Paul, here’s the Wings’ official release:

Detroit, MI…  The Detroit Red Wings today announced that goaltender Joey MacDonald has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.  MacDonald will serve as Jimmy Howard’s backup tonight when the Red Wings host the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Detroit Plus and 97.1 The Ticket).

MacDonald, 31, has appeared in twelve games for Detroit this season, posting a 4-4-2 record.  He currently leads all Red Wings goaltenders with a 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage.  To clear a roster spot for MacDonald, the Red Wings have placed veteran goaltender Chris Osgood (groin) on injured reserve.

Update #2: Bad news times two, via Ted Kulfan:

“We don’t know Chris’ status heading into the playoffs,” Holland said. “He continues to experience soreness; we have to get him healthy. Right now, he’s not close.”

Update #3: WXYZ’s Tom Leyden is asking fans to weigh in as to whether we’re comfortable with MacDonald as Howard’s back-up.

There’s no, “Not really, but I can’t do anything about it” choice.

Update #4: The Free Press’s Helene St. James asked Holland to clarify Osgood’s status...

The Wings had to put Osgood back on IR to make salary-cap room for MacDonald, who’d been sent down Tuesday to make room for Mursak.

It’s a frustrating situation for the Wings and Osgood, who is now 10 weeks removed from his Jan. 11 surgery.

“He’s had two to three setbacks in the past 10 days,” general manager Ken Holland said. “At this point, we felt it best to take the pressure off of him, to shut him down for three or four days, and then start all over again next week. We’re hoping he can play in one of the last two games of the season.”

If Osgood doesn’t return, the Wings will head into the playoffs with MacDonald as the backup, seeing as they are past the trade deadline and the situation would have to be resolved from within the organization.

And Fox Sports Detroit’s John Keating suggests the obvious:

What [Osgood] wasn’t considering was the development today. With his placement back on the Long-Term Injured list, we can’t ignore the idea that his season could be over and perhaps his hockey career.  There is soreness in the surgically repaired area that keeps him from resuming his season.  He will not be eligible to be reinstated to the roster until April 8, when there are only two games left in the regular season.

The Red Wings had just returned Joey MacDonald to the Grand Rapids Griffins because, for the second time in a week, they believed that Osgood was prepared to resume his role as Jimmy Howard’s backup and a goalie on whom they could count in the playoffs.

Remember the spectacular run that Ozzie enjoyed in the spring of 2008 when he won his third Stanley Cup and second as a starter, a decade after his first? But even if he were deemed healthy enough to play, it’s a very slim possibility that he’d be counted upon, having played so seldom, with the playoff games meaning so much.

Stranger things have happened. There is no part of him—not even the sore part—that is ready to quit. Just north of where he was fixed surgically, the fire still burns in his belly to be a part of the Red Wings and their push for a Stanley Cup. But one of the most consistent goalies in hockey history can’t find any consistent time on the ice. And there is nothing less appealing than a goalie who instills more hope than trust from his coach and his team and their fans. 

Even one who has been as great as the Wizard of Oz. He’s still hoping for more bang before the whimper.

Update #5: Via Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy blog and USA Today’s Kevin Allen:

Chris Osgood’s continuing injury trouble has ended Troy Passingham’s opportunity to dress for an NHL game and has put some worry into the Detroit Red Wings about whether he will be ready for the playoffs.

Osgood was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to last week when he came off and he will not be eligible to play again until April 7.

We don’t really know when he will be ready,” said Detroit general manager Ken Holland. “We are all frustrated. ... We are back to the beginning.”

With Osgood now definitely out, the Red Wings recalled Joey McDonald, meaning that undrafted OHL goalie Troy Passingham,  brought in on a tryout agreement as a possible emergency goalie for Wednesday night’s game, won’t be dressing after all.

Osgood had groin surgery Jan. 11, and believed he was fully recovered last week. According to Holland, Osgood feels OK when he has shared the net in practice, meaning he doesn have a full practice. When he has played a full practice, he has been sore the next day.

The best case scenario for the Red Wings now would be to have Osgood the final weekend of the regular season.

Update #6 7:04 PM: Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

The Wings had to put Osgood back on IR to make salary-cap room for MacDonald, who’d been sent down Tuesday to make room for Mursak.

It’s a frustrating situation for the Wings and Osgood, who is now 10 weeks removed from his Jan. 11 surgery.

“He’s had two to three setbacks in the past 10 days,” general manager Ken Holland said. “At this point, we felt it best to take the pressure off of him, to shut him down for three or four days, and then start all over again next week. We’re hoping he can play in one of the last two games of the season.”

If Osgood doesn’t return, the Wings will head into the playoffs with MacDonald as the backup, seeing as they are past the trade deadline and the situation would have to be resolved from within the organization.

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Mandingo's avatar

This could mean that Osgood’s not ready to return, but it could also simply be the Wings tossing Osgood onto the LTIR through this upcoming weekend to allow them to recall MacDonald without going over the cap.

I thinks Holland’s quote that Osgood isn’t “anywhere close to playing” sort of belies that.

Either way, it’s hard for me to get too upset over this goaltending situation. It is what it is. The Wings could have Dominik Hasek circa1997 and it wouldn’t matter. They’re going nowhere with this overall lack of commitment and defense.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/23/11 at 04:02 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I think Ozzie is done.  Like Mandingo said, the goaltending situation “is what it is.”  At this point, at least JoeyMac has been playing, and looking sharp.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/23/11 at 05:28 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

yup. like osgood, but not enough to carry him if he can’t play. would like to see him get another dozen or so wins, but at this point, do not think we will see that, ever

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/23/11 at 05:52 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’d rather have some Ozzie during the playoffs than none at all, so I’m okay with the Wings’ uber-cautious approach, especially given that he ended up having serious-ass surgery…

But after this season, he and the Wings have to sit down and decide whether he’s going to be able to continue playing. He’s injured so very often for long periods of time these days…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/23/11 at 05:54 PM ET

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Good thing for Joey Mac I-96 is not a toll road, no room under the cap to reimburse him.

Posted by mc keeper on 03/23/11 at 05:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nothing, not even a sniff of optimism in any of those articles.  Hate to say it, but 401 may be Ozzie’s last marker.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/23/11 at 06:01 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Something tells me that the Wings are going to give MacDonald a little more than a gas card and an oil change!

And I don’t know, Jeff. Osgood had so much done to his groin during his surgery that hey may simply need 4 or 5 months to recover. We simply won’t know till this summer.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/23/11 at 06:05 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

You know…after reading this article and some of the comments in today’s GDT…I can say I will definitely miss Ozzie.  Just something about that dude that just makes you glad to watch a game.

HOWEVER comma…he more than likely is done.  But I juuuust can’t get rid of this lingering thought about Maltby and that “surgery” he had “had” to ‘have” at the end of last season…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/23/11 at 06:24 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m fine with Joey Mac as the backup.

The reality is we sink or swim with Jimmy Howard in any case.  But yes, I have to agree, until we see this team tighten up and start to play legitimate NHL playoff caliber defense, none of that even matters. 

Can Jimmy win in the postseason?  Put the Red Wing defense from 2008 in front of him and the answer is yes.  The way they have performed most of this season though, and the answer becomes no, regardless of who we have in goal.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/23/11 at 06:32 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

George, don’t get me wrong.  I love Ozzie and I’d love to see him back IF he can perform.  But I saw a lack of real commitment during the regular seasons since the Cup win (remember Uncle Mike saying “but what have you done for me lately” last year?) and although there’s no question his injuries were real and serious, at his age I just don’t see him being able to be ready for the playoffs, or the Wings resigning him.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/23/11 at 06:57 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s the fact that Osgood’s had so many injuries over the past *three years* that he’s struggled to “push through” that worries me going forward. He delivered in 2008, and a summer off could very well allow him to recover fully, but I don’t think that the Wings would be too keen on signing a goaltender who seems to suffer some sort of major groin injury every year.

You don’t want to wear Jimmy down, and he did get ground down a bit during the middle of this season, perhaps mentally more than physically.

As for Howard being able to win playoff hockey, until he does it we don’t know whether he’s able to do so. That’s one of those, “I don’t have the energy to spend my time worrying about it because worry won’t change anything” categories for me. We’ll have to wait and see, and waiting and seeing isn’t fun but it’s the way things go.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/23/11 at 07:38 PM ET

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This comes as no surprise to me whatsoever. I never had confidence that Osgood was going to get completely healthy and be able to play significant minutes…even in a backup role. Ah well. I like Jimmy and this is his playoff to show what he’s made of. If we actually get to ice a professional team and show interest for more than 15-20 minutes of a game I still like our chances.

I like the Wings to grind one out tonight…3-2. Yeeeah.

Posted by godblender on 03/23/11 at 07:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I guess I’m okay with JMac backing up Jimmah for the playoffs.  All the more reason I want to beat the crap outta Garth Snow for signing Nabby.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/23/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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