Monday, July 03, 2006

Lidstrom and Osgood re-sign with Detroit

Four-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"Nick has been the best defenseman in the game for several years," general manager Ken Holland said Friday. "He's a big part of our franchise not only because (of) his elite level of play and the number of minutes he logs, but also for his professionalism, experience and leadership."

Lidstrom led all NHL defensemen last season with a career-high 80 points. He has spent his entire 14-year career with Detroit. Only Hall of Famers Bobby Orr (eight), Doug Harvey (seven) and Ray Bourque (five) have won the Norris more times than the 36-year-old Swede.


Saturday, the Wings signed goaltender Chris Osgood to a two-year contract.

In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contract are not available.

Osgood will enter his 14th NHL season and 10th with the Red Wings, following last season's return to Detroit in which he posted a 20-6-5 record with two shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.

Osgood was Detroit's 3rd round selection (54th overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He followed with one season in the WHL and one with Adirondack of the AHL before joining the Wings for the 1993-94 season. His first eight seasons in Detroit were highlighted by serving as the starting goaltender for the Wings' 1998 Stanley Cup championship and as backup to Mike Vernon for the 1997 title in a season that Osgood led the NHL in wins (39). He also teamed with Vernon to win the 1996 Jennings Trophy for lowest team GAA and made three appearances in the NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1997 and 1998).

Osgood was claimed by the New York Islanders in the 2001 Waiver Draft and traded to St. Louis at the March 2003 trade deadline. In his one full season with St. Louis and the last NHL season, he posted a 31-25-8 record and a 2.24 GAA - his lowest since winning the Cup in 1998 (2.21).

For his NHL career, Osgood boasts 600 NHL games played, a record of 325-188-66, 43 shutouts, a 2.45 GAA, and a .907 save percentage. In Stanley Cup playoff action, Osgood has a 45-37 record with a 2.24 GAA and .910 save percentage with 10 shutouts.


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