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by George Malik on 07/05/11 at 07:11 PM ET
Updated w/ news of Jamie Tardif heading to Boston at 6:22 PM: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Detroit Red Wings have yet to decide whether the team wishes to bring back Chris Osgood or sign another back-up, presumably Ty Conklin, and that GM Ken Holland won’t make his decision until he speaks to Osgood after he returns from an overseas golfing trip on Saturday:
“Nothing’s happened. I want to wait,’’ Holland said. “There’s not a lot of options, but there are some options. I’m hoping to talk to Osgood in the next few days and then we’ll make our decision.’‘
[Ty] Conklin, 35, spent the past two seasons with St. Louis, which has opted not to re-sign him. Other backup goalies looking for work include Marty Turco (Chicago) and Ray Emery (Anaheim). Buffalo and Columbus might be the only other teams in the market for a backup goalie.
Holland said he’s had conversations “with a few people.’’ He said if he’s forced to act before the end of the week then he’ll do so. But for now, he will wait. He said of a potential trade for a backup goalie, “Nothing intriguing.’‘
The New York Islanders might look to move Evgeni Nabokov, since they have two other goalies (Rick DiPietro and Al Montoya).
What the Wings might do this week is fill their assistant coaching vacancies:
“It’s down to a real short list,’’ he said. “I anticipate by the end of the week we’ll have everything in place.’‘
Two possibilities include former Florida coach Pete DeBoer and ex-Windsor Spitfires coach Bob Boughner.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms that the Wings’ goaltending search is parked in neutral for the present moment:
Nothing has happened,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday afternoon. “I think we’re going to wait.”
The wait points to Holland wanting to talk to Osgood before making a decision on a backup goalie. Osgood is in Scotland with a number of teammates taking part in a golf trip he received from them for winning his 400th career game last season.
“There really aren’t many options,” Holland said. “I’ll to talk to (Osgood) and then we’ll make our decision. I want to talk to him before we make our decision.
“Nothing will be decided until later in the week,” Holland added.
Former Wing Ty Conklin, 35, continues to look like the best fit in Detroit if Osgood doesn’t want to return.
Update: For the record, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan confirms that Ruslan Salei’s going to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Brad McCrimmon this upcoming season.
Update #2: According to WEEI’s DJ Bean, the Boston Bruins have signed former Griffins captain Jamie Tardif to a 2-year contract.
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