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08:24 AM ET 05.17 | Chris Osgood joins Nicklas Lidstrom in having a decision to make. If it were only hockey, it would be an easy decision. That part's easy for [Osgood]. It's still in his blood. He hasn't had enough of it, hasn't had his fill. "I'd miss it if I didn't (play)," the Red Wings goaltender said. But whether Osgood returns next season is going to depend on more. Mainly, family. Osgood's friend and teammate Kris Draper spoke eloquently and passionately last weekend about the fact it might be time for him to give back to his family after years of hockey. Osgood likely will give that notion thought in the weeks ahead, too. "I do want to play, but it goes beyond that," Osgood said. "I have three kids now. They play 20 soccer games, and I see two or three of them. That definitely factors into it."

The Detroit News

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May 17, 2011  08:37 AM ET

walk out the door and avoid being pushed ozzie

May 17, 2011  08:38 AM ET

"Mr. Osgood, there is a Mr. Holmgren on the phone for you".

May 17, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Ozzie is a well-spoken and amiable guy; maybe he'll join the FS Detroit broadcast booth along side Mickey Redmond. I've got nothing against Larry Murphy, but he's a stiff in front of a camera.

May 17, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Mr. Osgood, there is a Mr. Holmgren on the phone for you".

Ha-nice !

May 17, 2011  09:08 AM ET

I always like Ozzy...he has done more with less than just about any goalie I can think of. He could still be a viable backup in the league...or he could also consider playing on the Bruins special teams if all else fails...

May 17, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

walk out the door and avoid being pushed ozzie

agree

May 17, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ozzie is a well-spoken and amiable guy; maybe he'll join the FS Detroit broadcast booth along side Mickey Redmond. I've got nothing against Larry Murphy, but he's a stiff in front of a camera.

agree about Murphy, he gets a Frankenstein look sitting in front of the camera, but at least he speaks well, and knows what he is talking about, which is still 10x better than McGuire and Healy

May 17, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Great Wing, but he should probably shut it down. This year was a travesty for him, and while it might be nice to hold on for one more year, it'll get less nice if the Wings have to make the decision for him instead. Mind you, Howard's play during the playoffs showed they can go forward with him, unlike his play during the season. Makes it more possible for an Ozzie return.

I read today that they may pursue Bogosian. That would be AWESOME! Package Rafalski and Filppula for him...might even be enough. Throw in Hudler for Bogosian's travel expenses and its done!

May 17, 2011  09:43 AM ET

He only started 10 games last season when he went down with his groin injury in January. He is only 38, but if I were him I spend the time with the wife and kids. Do some color on the local sports broadcast and enjoy life.

May 17, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He only started 10 games last season when he went down with his groin injury in January. He is only 38, but if I were him I spend the time with the wife and kids. Do some color on the local sports broadcast and enjoy life.

If you were him...wife & kids....spend time...?
Man you Pens fans have really gotten sensitive and displaying your feminine sides since Cindy came to town...: )

May 17, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Great Wing, but he should probably shut it down. This year was a travesty for him, and while it might be nice to hold on for one more year, it'll get less nice if the Wings have to make the decision for him instead. Mind you, Howard's play during the playoffs showed they can go forward with him, unlike his play during the season. Makes it more possible for an Ozzie return.I read today that they may pursue Bogosian. That would be AWESOME! Package Rafalski and Filppula for him...might even be enough. Throw in Hudler for Bogosian's travel expenses and its done!

Why would they take on Rafalski's salary and age? No chance.

May 17, 2011  10:01 AM ET

It's been nice Ozzie but we know you can talk the talk. Now most want to see you walk the walk.

May 17, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Ozzie will always be one of my favorites. But this is a good time to see what Holland has for him in the offices. The family talk sounds legit for Draper, but to me, somehow, it sounds like Ozzie is laying the groundwork to make this about his family and not so much whether he's still got the goods or not.

Going forward, you could probably get Budaj dirt cheap; he wouldn't be a bad backup. I can honestly say I don't know much about Bogosian.

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May 17, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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Why would they take on Rafalski's salary and age? No chance.

One can hope, can't he?

And honestly, it might not be that outlandish. If all 3 are packaged (again, hope) the Thrashers get a pretty good return - probably as much as they could expect from anyone else. And they know they wouldn't have to face Bog regularly because even if they move into the West in Winnipeg, its Detroit who moves East.

May 17, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ozzie will always be one of my favorites. But this is a good time to see what Holland has for him in the offices. The family talk sounds legit for Draper, but to me, somehow, it sounds like Ozzie is laying the groundwork to make this about his family and not so much whether he's still got the goods or not.Going forward, you could probably get Budaj dirt cheap; he wouldn't be a bad backup. I can honestly say I don't know much about Bogosian.

Ozzie has aquired a stellar reputation for himself, not only in Detroit, but amonst his peers. If he were to just walk out with his head held high and work with the Wings' front office, he can enjoy his family and avoid the 1) embarassment of having to play for an also-ran, 2) going through the meat-grinder again of goaltending in Detroit.

You're a class act, Ozzie. You and 'Drapes should set up a Coney joint in the city and you'll be set for the rest of your days...

May 17, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Great Wing, but he should probably shut it down. This year was a travesty for him, and while it might be nice to hold on for one more year, it'll get less nice if the Wings have to make the decision for him instead. Mind you, Howard's play during the playoffs showed they can go forward with him, unlike his play during the season. Makes it more possible for an Ozzie return.I read today that they may pursue Bogosian. That would be AWESOME! Package Rafalski and Filppula for him...might even be enough. Throw in Hudler for Bogosian's travel expenses and its done!

Flippula for Schneider.

May 17, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Flippula for Schneider.

Yes please!

 
May 17, 2011  10:50 AM ET

There was some talk some years back when the 'Bolts were owned by the late Pistons owner Bill Davidson, of moving them to his arena in Auburn Hills. With the latest world-wide financial meltdown not withstanding, what better place to have two NHL fanchises than Detroit? One Western and one Eastern? Hotbed of hockey? Close to Canada? Wings'/'Bolts Stanley Cup possibilities? Allow corporate sponsorship like EPL and the like and you'd have a new arena (no pun intended) for all the auto companies to play in, not to mention others.

Just thinkin'

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