Hate on me if you will (and I know there is some of that out there), but after reading a few stories today on the backup goalie situation for the Red Wings, I've got to admit it to myself (and everyone else too apparently) that I'm simply not ready for Chris Osgood to retire.
He's too good of a teammate, too good of a role model / support mechanism for Jimmy, too good of a guy to the organization, and too good of a goalie (ok, here it is - WHEN HE'S HEALTHY) to see him go.
If he's healthy, he can give the Wings 15-20 wins - as one of the papers put it today - he's the perfect backup: 400 wins, great relationship with Jimmy, great in the locker room, isn't confused about his role, loves the organization, etc.
So that's it. It's just my opinion, and now it's out there - I'm not ready to see him go, I'm not ready for that press conference, I'm not ready to not see his baby face on the bench for most of the season charting shots, I'm not ready to not see him come in and relieve Jimmy when some other cheap shot artist (Cory Perry) slew foots or spears him, I'm not ready to not see him take over the reigns in the playoffs if Jimmy falters like Dom did in 2008.
Say whatever you want about Osgood - but the dude has earned my respect over the years. I NEVER saw myself writing this 5-7 years ago, I'm not the biggest Ozzie supporter out there, but I will say this. The guy is a big moment goalie. You need a save, at a critical point in a game, in a game you have to have....my $$ is on Ozzie to make the save. The man won two Stanley Cups as a Starter, and was a Shared-Starter all year in 1997 - Scotty flipped a coin and it came up Vernon - the Wings don't win the Cup in 2008 with Hasek, they won it with Ozzie. Big moment goalie - nuff said.
Based on the article I read today (I think it was the Detroit News), if Ozzie can convice Kenny that he's not going to be an invalid / injury case like he was last year, our backup goalie will once again be Mr. Future HHOF goalie - Chris Osgood.
Post up your stance, I'm big enough to write this, so I guess I'm big enough to take whatever anyone else wants to toss my way.