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04-05-2010, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by yooper wings fan View Post
But he knows if he retires his salary stays on the books and hurts the Wings cap. So I don't think he will retire.
Can't they just Niedermayer him and say he's suspended and not retired? Or are we suggesting he will file his paperwork just to screw the Wings and stick them with a cap hit?

As unhappy as he might be about not playing much this season, I don't think he'd do that. He wants to get invited back for alumni events, after all.

Originally Posted by HockeyinHD View Post
Hey, it's an Osgood thread! Sweet!

If Holland has any sense at all he's going to move Ozzie in the offseason. Osgood is not and has never been a guy who has performed well getting sparse game action. He's got to split starts, at least, in order to play his best. Whatever that is.

Detroit would honestly get better performance out of the backup spot by going out and getting a guy at around 750k who is actually a backup, used to playing in that role, and is able to be consistent in it.
There aren't a lot of scenarios where Holland could trade Ozzie, so I don't think it has anything to do with how much sense he's got.

Who's going to take him after seeing the Wings throw him away because he can't even give you 15-20 games a year as a backup without killing your team? Or are you suggesting the Wings send picks along with him to grease the skids?

There's pretty clear consensus that the Wings would be better off with a cheaper backup, and one that looks better than Ozzie has looked this year.

There's also a pretty clear consensus that they're stuck with each other next season since they can't dump him or buy him out and nobody wants to trade for him. He's going to be around next season unless he retires, and I really don't see that happening.

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