Holland waiting on backup goalie till he talks to Osgood

DETROIT — Chris Osgood returning for another season with the Wings remains a very distinct possibility.

As another day in free agency went by, the Wings search for a backup goalie to Jimmy Howard continues.

“Nothing has happened,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday afternoon. “I think we’re going to wait.”

The wait points to Holland wanting to talk to Osgood before making a decision on a backup goalie.

Osgood is in Scotland with a number of teammates taking part in a golf trip he received from them for winning his 400th career game last season.

“There really aren’t many options,” Holland said. “I’ll to talk to (Osgood) and then we’ll make our decision. I want to talk to him before we make our decision.

“Nothing will be decided until later in the week,” Holland added.

Former Wing Ty Conklin, 35, continues to look like the best fit in Detroit if Osgood doesn’t want to return.

Conklin played one season with Detroit (2008-09) and recorded a career-high 25 wins, going 25-11-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

He played the last two seasons with the St. Louis Blues in a backup role, struggling last year with a record of 8-8-4 and a 3.22 goals-against average and .881 save percentage.

Conklin, who was not claimed when the Blues placed him on waivers last February, made $1.4 million last season.

Marty Turco and Ray Emery are also still available.


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