We originally thought that Tuesday’s scheduled conference call with general manager Ken Holland and goaltender Chris Osgood might be an announcement that Ozzie would return to mind the Red Wings’ net for another year.
Turns out we were wrong. Osgood will be back with the team, but not as a player. Ansar Khan gave us this today on MLive.com:
Osgood, 38, has accepted a position with the team and will be working with the organization’s young goalies.
I really think is a nice move. It’s a nice gesture to Osgood, who gave the organization so many good years (and a couple of Stanley Cups), and it’s a nice move for the team on the ice. Osgood will always be a fan favorite in Detroit, but we’re well past the point where we could expect him to make it through an entire regular season both healthy and effective, even if it was only in the backup role. Still, the number 30 sweater will probably remain a fashion feature among the fans at The Joe for several years to come.
The attention of the Red Wings turns to Ty Conklin, who played 40 games with Detroit in the 2008-2009 season. It has been reported that the Wings plan on signing Conklin this week to fill the backup goaltender position.