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Fox Sports Detroit hires Chris Osgood as analyst/color commentator

Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit has announced that they're adding a Wing to the analyst's chair's mix again:

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Osgood as a game and studio analyst for the 2013-14 season.

Update: FYI:

Osgood’s 17-year NHL career included three Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2010-11, his final NHL season as a player, Osgood became just the 10th goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He's also one of only 10 goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent’s net. Osgood also spent time with the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues.

“I’m happy to be joining the FOX Sports Detroit team,” Osgood said. “My best memories as a player were wearing the Winged Wheel. The fans in Detroit have been incredible, and I’m excited to start this new adventure.”

FOX Sports Detroit will broadcast 71 regular-season games and three preseason games this season, with pre- and post-game shows for each telecast. Osgood will be in studio, providing insightful analysis. He'll also serve as the game analyst alongside Ken Daniels on select games throughout the season.

“All of us at FOX Sports Detroit are excited to welcome Chris to our Red Wings broadcasting team,” said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. “His unique and current perspective of the NHL and the players will serve Wings fans well. Chris’ addition is another example of our commitment to always improve and always bring Wings fans our best effort.”

Osgood will make his on-air debut with Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels during the Sept. 22 and Sept. 25 preseason games, and his first studio appearance on Oct. 4.

I have no idea how this might affect Osgood's position with the Red Wings.

Update: Take this for what you will, from the Freep chat:

Well, we all know Ozzie has the gift of gab so no worries there. I'm wondering if this new gig will cut into or eliminate his work with the goaltenders here in Grand Rapids?
by Sandiva17

Chris Osgood: I won't be on the ice in Grand Rapids but will still communicate on the phone as friends. I like them and want them to do well as goalies.

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Red Winger's avatar

So is Darren Eliot gone from the in-studio portion of the telecasts?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/09/13 at 10:06 AM ET


and in the end where did Murphy end up at?

Posted by bobbo on 09/09/13 at 10:09 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

and in the end where did Murphy end up at?

Posted by bobbo on 09/09/13 at 10:09 AM ET

Old Shillelagh’s, third stool from the end.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/09/13 at 10:12 AM ET

Primis's avatar

So is Darren Eliot gone from the in-studio portion of the telecasts?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/09/13 at 10:06 AM ET

I hope not.  Some Wings fans seemed to dislike him because he wasn’t some effervescent personality, but he’s a pro on-camera and a very good analyst.  God forbid FSD has someone in that role that isn’t a goofball and actually can break things down.

Swapping him out for Osgood would be a step down IMHO.  That’s not saying Osgood would necessarily be *bad* or anything (who knows?), but Eliot is a proven good commodity with a lot of broadcasting experience already..

That said, I wish FSD would hire actual good broadcasters and stop with this ex-player bullcrap.  Most ex-players getting TV gigs aren’t good enough to be actually doing them, and it aggravates me that less-qualified people are continually stealing broadcasting gigs.  And then people wonder why non-athletes don’t even try to get into sports broadcasting anymore.

Posted by Primis on 09/09/13 at 10:22 AM ET


Sports broadcasts need another gear besides talking head at both the in-game and studio levels.  Watching a game while George McSchticky and Pat Polished riff through the Dictionary of Hockey Phrases as they provide exactly zero insight is a waste of time.

Unfortunately, watching Plug “Pluggy” McPluggenstein fumble, stumble and bumble his way around for 30 seconds trying to squeeze a good idea out of his head can be painful, too.

I think the NFL (and NBA) have largely hit on the best formula, where they include the play by play guy and a fairly lucid ex-coach.  If there existed some tremendously loquacious ex-player in the vein of the NBA’s Charles Barkley or Kenny Smith or the NFL’s Long or Strahan that’d be great, too.  But I haven’t seen them yet.

The problem is most NHL head coaches who aren’t currently head coaches and are even remotely good at their jobs hire on as assistants so they can be there to vulture the head job when the current coach gets axed.  NHL televised media is so scant nationally that there’ s little visibility for guys to get back into the business from that direction, compared to the NFL and NBA.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/09/13 at 11:07 AM ET

Crater's avatar

Sounds like Ozzy is just replacing Murph. I don’t think Elliot is going anywhere.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 09/09/13 at 01:05 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

The Mick is the only good thing FSD has going for them but now Osgood joining the team it just got way better. Now if only they’ll get rid of keatings, daniels, that pencil neck nerd and that doughboy guy.
Welcome aboard ya silly goalie. Still miss The Murph but Osgood fills the void minus the hotdog eating and ball of energy that Murph exuded.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 09/10/13 at 06:37 AM ET

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