The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a conference call for Tuesday with Chris Osgood in which the 38-year old goaltender will announce his retirement. Ansar Khan of MLive broke the news and also reports that Osgood will remain with the team in some sort of goaltending coach capacity:
Osgood, 38, has accepted a position with the team and will be working with the organization’s young goalies.
The Red Wings are expected to sign Ty Conklin as their backup goaltender this week.
With Osgood set to leave the game, the debate as to whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame should establish itself as a hotly contested argument over the next several years. Osgood finishes his career in 10th place on the NHL’s all-time goaltending wins list, and second in Red Wings history with 317 victories with Detroit. He was also a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams in Motown, but has often fallen victim to the “he played on really good teams” argument more often than not.
Osgood spent 14 of 17 seasons with Detroit, with a couple of quick stops on Long Island and in St. Louis. He finishes his career with a record of 401-216-95 to go along with a .905 SV% and 2.49 GAA. His career playoff totals will bolster his campaign for the Hall with a record of 74-24 and a crisp .916 SV% and 2.09 GAA.
Jets are ready for the floor after Wheeler signing
The Winnipeg Jets reached a deal with Blake Wheeler on Monday, signing the forward to a two-year $5.1 million deal. With the signing the Jets have crossed the salary cap’s $48.3 million floor. Kent Wilson commented on the deal at Jet Nation and believes Wheeler could reach the 50-point plateau with the Jets:
Wheeler figures to be a top-six forward for Winnipeg going forward. The former 5th overall pick struggled to move beyond Boston’s third line since breaking into the NHL, but his ice time ballooned to more than 18 minutes per night for Atlanta after he was traded, resulting in his improved output. Wheeler has averaged 0.52 points-per-game through the first four seasons of his career (43 points over 82 games), but is poised to break 50 with an increased opportunity with the Jets.
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