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by George Malik on 07/12/11 at 07:27 PM ET
Updated with a bit more from Holland at 7:46 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland became a U.S. citizen today, but he did so with one foot out the door. With Jim Nill watching over the prospects in Traverse City, Holland headed to his off-season home in Vernon, British Columbia, where the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness reports that Holland will meet with fellow Vernon off-season resident Chris Osgood to discuss Osgood’s future with the team:
“His initial reaction was he wants to play,” Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Now he’s gone to Europe and had more time to think. I think the biggest thing is, time has gone by and you really start to decide what your priorities in life really are. I think it’s a good time now to sit down with him and talk about it.”
The two will meet Thursday night in British Columbia, Canada. Osgood, 38, returned Tuesday from a golf trip in Scotland with a number of his teammates. The trip was a gift they got him for recording his 400th career win last year. Holland said he has been texting back and forth with Osgood since he returned.
“We’re going to have a conversation face-to-face,” Holland said. “Sometime on Friday or Saturday, after talking to him, I’ll probably have a decision on what we’re doing.”
As we found out on Monday, the Wings decided to bring back Joey MacDonald as the team’s #3 goaltender, and as we found out this morning, Tomas Vokoun apparently approached the team before choosing to become the Capitals’ #1 goaltender. We know that the Wings have been talking to Ty Conklin as well, but what we don’t know—and what Holland doesn’t know—is what Osgood wants to do:
“We explored (free agentd on) July 1,” Holland said. “We had some interest in some guys and they chose to go elsewhere. We wake up after the dust settles on July 4 or July 5 and obviously Chris Osgood is still a legitimate candidate. It all depends what his thoughts are,” Holland added. “I want to talk to him and see what he’s thinking. That doesn’t mean if he wants the job it’s his job. I want to talk to him. Let’s take one step at a time. Let me talk to him.”
As for Holland’s gut feeling on what he thinks Osgood will say, he doesn’t really know.
“And that’s why I want to sit down with him,” Holland said. “I don’t know that he really knows. If he’s not ready to make a decision, that is a decision I would say,” Holland ended.
Let’s just guess that after all this time, Holland will let Osgood have another week or two to make up his mind if he’s not quite ready, but sooner than later, we’ll finally find out whether Osgood and Kris Draper—who didn’t want to sign a two-way deal and compete for a job during training camp as of a month ago—have futures with the Red Wings’ team or their hockey operations department instead.
Update: Here’s what the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan managed to finagle from Holland:
Holland’s duties Tuesday taking the oath precluded him from doing any office work. But Holland still has two ticklish situations to deal with — the futures of Chris Osgood and Kris Draper.
Holland has put off talking with Osgood until they can meet this weekend in British Columbia. Osgood is flying to British Columbia on Wednesday following a golf vacation in Europe.
“I just want to talk with him face to face and see where he’s at,” Holland said.
As for Draper, Holland also expects to touch base with the veteran center this week to determine if there’s a place on the team for him.
Holland expects to keep 14 forwards, which could open the door for a spot for Draper.
Draper may have to fight for that spot with rookie Cory Emmerton, who is out of minor league options.
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