The Detroit Red Wings have a conference call scheduled for noon on Tuesday with general manager Ken Holland and Chris Osgood.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where this one is headed. The Red Wings need a backup goalie, Osgood needs a job and the two have a prior relationship. It very well could be that Osgood is coming back to the Wings for another season. If it’s not that, then the goalie is hanging up the skates, which is certainly a possibility, too.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reported Monday night that Osgood will be back for another season.
The Red Wings first made upgrading their defense the priority this offseason and have since turned their attention to their goaltending depth. The starter is all set with 27-year-old Jimmy Howard, and they did re-sign Joey MacDonald, but Holland had been vocal about his desire to get another goaltender, mentioning his interest in keeping Osgood around. If not Osgood, he also mentioned another former Wing in Ty Conklin.
Detroit attempted to sign veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun, who admitted he had offers from the Wings and the team he eventually signed with, the Capitals. Once that option passed, Holland had his target in Osgood.
The 39-year-old played in 11 games for the Red Wings last season, putting up a 5-3-2 record with a 2.77 GAA and .903 save percentage. He has spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with Detroit.