Free agent goalie Chris Osgood is old, and chances are that he won’t be returning to Detroit next season. Red Wings GM Ken Holland said there won’t be any move until he can talk to Osgood when he gets back from a trip to Scotland with his teammates.
Osgood only played 11 games last season, if the Red Wings decline to resign him, there’s a good chance he’ll end up retiring.
Detroit already has a good goalie in Jimmy Howard but they need an able backup. If they decide to pass on Chris Osgood, these are four potential goalies that could take his place.
Pascal Leclaire is another older goalie who dealt with injury during the 2010-11 season. He only played 14 games with a record of 4-7-1. However that doesn’t really represent his .908 save percentage.
Going from one injury-prone old goalie to another doesn’t seem like that great of an idea, though.
Marty Turco’s experience could prove more useful than anything else.
After playing backup to Corey Crawford last season, he’d be a good choice after Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings as they go through the season.
After his return to the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks, Ray Emery showed he is still a capable goalie.
However after his serious hip injury a year ago, it’s hard to tell how he will do throughout a full season.
Ty Conklin seems to be the most likely candidate to fill the backup goalie role for the Red Wings. Ansar Khan wrote that a source said Detroit has “a pretty good chance” to sign Conklin.
The Red Wings are familiar with Conklin, and bringing him back to Detroit could be their best option.
Nothing will be set, though, until Chris Osgood comes back from Scotland.