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Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:02 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 2:59 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Chris Osgood ended the speculation, and his career, on Tuesday when he announced his retirement instead of his return to the Red Wings for another season.

"After a lot of thought I have decided to retire," Osgood announced. "I thought it was the best decision to make for the organization and myself. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I thought it would've been easier."

Well he will return to the Red Wings in one sense. The team announced he will stick around as a goalie consultant.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland had said he was interested in talking to Osgood about returning for another year to back up starting goaltender Jimmy Howard. Clearly that won't be happening now. Instead, Holland said he will sign another goaltender by week's end (Ty Conklin, come on down!)

At least one person is happy to see Osgood go away. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan had this to say on Twitter: "Osgood retires! Thank god. That guy gave me fits. Heck of a career though. Congrats to him."

Osgood finished out his career where it began, in Hockeytown. He spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons playing for the Wings, winning three Stanley Cups in that time. He ends up fourth all-time with 15 postseason shutouts, eighth all-time with 74 playoff wins and 10th all-time with 401 regular-season wins.

So is he Hall of Fame bound? Holland thinks so.

"In my opinion, it's a Hall of Fame career."

Osgood, meanwhile, will keep his fingers crossed.

"It means the world to me to get into the Hall of Fame. It means a lot and hopefully one day it happens."

Photo: Getty Images

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:24 am
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Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

The right decision by Ozzie.  A class guy who represented the best of what the NHL and the Wings are. Without a doubt, I expect to see him in the hall.
A great career w/ 401 wins and three cups. What more could you ask for? Thanks Ozzie.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

I am not trying to detract from Osgood's legacy or detract from what I believe is a definite Hall of Fame career in any way.  I am not trying to damage your statistics there because that is pretty impressive on the surface.

Out of curiosity though, you removed his overtime/shootout losses from his record which is fine but included the overtime/shootout wins he was in net for.....so my question is, would you have any idea what it looks like for the goalies mentioned once OT/SO wins are removed as well?  I only ask because taking out only the OT/SO losses seems like having your cake and eating it too.  I am giving benefit of the doubt though and assuming it's more difficult to find the number of OT/SO wins since that is not kept track of in the standings.

Again, Osgood was an outstanding keeper and deserves to be enshrined in the Hall and that is an interesting stat you gave.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:08 am
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

Says the Shark fan....LOL   tell me again, how many Cups have the Sharks won?   Oh yeah...  Now be quiet.



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:41 am
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

A lot of fans ,even Wings fans,never gave Ozzie his due.Yea he let in a lotta easy goals but damn if any of you remember the mid 90's & the Colorado series & cup runs(95,97 & 98)....he was right there in the middle of it all.Then u get these ass-clowns who dont even know what a puck looks like ,doggin the guy.The series against Anaheim a couple yrs ago,now that was one he stole all by himself.He's the winningest goalie in Wings history beating out one of the best, not just in Detroit,goalies of all time....Terry Sawchuk!!!! So yeah i think this guy should be a Hall of Famer, no brainer! He's got my vote!



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:13 am
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

WOW!!! Why is Ozzie even in doubt of being elected to the HHOF? 401 wins, 3 cups, 17 seasons, and one serious ass kicking to one Patrick Roy. Only 2 players with over 400 wins are not in the HHOF and the other guy, Brodeur is still active. I think that Ozzie kind of gets a bad rap because of a few "easy" goals that he gave up earlier in his career, but name a goalie that hasn't had a blunder or two? in my humble opinion the tough saves he made throughout his career more than made up for the soft ones. Osgood WAS the type of goalie, especially in his prime, that could take over a game or even steal a win. and lok what he did in New York. He was their number 1 goaltender and they made the playoffs after how many years being out? I may not be the brightest guy on the planet but I know right from wrong. Chris Osgood in the HHOF is absolutely the RIGHT ting to do. End the debate now!!



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

Thanks Ozzie, for the championships, your passion, and for being a part of the Red Wings. You will be missed by me and all other Wings fans. I hope your future is prosperois and full of continued success. Thanks again for the memories. best of luck.
 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

Ozzie probably should have been playoffs MVP over Zetterburg that year, and the Wings do NOT wing the cup or even reach the conference finals without him.
And if they beat the Pens in game 7 of the finals the year after that he would have easily won MVP because if not for Ozzie, no chance we get to the finals the year after we won it all.  The team was giving up more scoring chances because dmen were playing hurt, a couple had surgery and Datsyuk was out the first 4 games of that series....

Ozzie is the MAIN REASON we as Wings fans enjoyed back to back finals appearances and a cup victory.  If not for him, neither of those seasons end with a chance at a cup. 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

Thanks for everything Ozzie!  If I get a Hall of Fame vote, he's in.

Whoever said he "split" time with Hasek during the last cup is delusional.  Ozzie probably should have been playoffs MVP over Zetterburg that year, and the Wings do NOT wing the cup or even reach the conference finals without him.




Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Osgood announces retirement after 17 seasons

You'll be missed Oz!


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