DETROIT – Chris Osgood was back on the ice at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday morning, minus the goalie equipment everyone was accustomed to seeing him don during his time in a Red Wings jersey.
And that sight won’t be changing anytime soon.
“No, not at all,” Osgood said when asked if he had the itch to put his goalie pads and chest protector back on. “I’m looking forward to coaching the young guys, mentoring them. I’m real excited about it. I can’t wait to get to rookie camp and work with the young guys.”
Osgood skated in a warm-up suit briefly during the Wings’ third day of informal practices, slowing easing his way into his new role with the team, which will be assisting goalie coach Jim Bedard and working with the team’s prospects in the minor leagues.
“I’m not doing too much, just riding shotgun, listening to what (Bedard) says, learning drills, how to run them myself, so when I go down to Toledo and Grand Rapids I can do that,” Osgood said. “I’ll be on the ice every day in (training) camp and rookie camp.
“Today was just learning from Jimmy,” Osgood added. “When I get to training camp and rookie camp that’ll be real, but right now I’m more or less listening to Jimmy and watching these guys. It’s whatever Jimmy says. I’m kind of listening to him and learning from him right now.”
Osgood retired this offseason after spending 17 seasons in the NHL, 14 of which were with Detroit where he was a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams. He was the starter for two of those runs.
Prior to retiring, Osgood said he had conversations with Detroit general manager Ken Holland about staying with the team in some capacity.
“I talked to Kenny briefly about it, but we didn’t really talk about it that much while I was playing,” Osgood said. “When I told him I was retiring, we talked about it at length for quite a while.”
Osgood will be working mainly with the Griffins’ Jordan Pearce and Thomas McCollum, along with Petr Mrazek, who plays with the Toledo Storm.
“I’ll mostly be in Grand Rapids and Toledo, I’ll be there quite a bit,” Osgood said. “I’ll watch them and try to mentor them the best I can. I’ll give them some advice when I have to. Other than, I’m not sure.
“I’ll be on the road a lot,” Osgood added. “I’m excited.”
Osgood will also be scouting and ranking goalies for the draft.
“I might go to the World Juniors and rank the top goalies,” Osgood said. “It’ll be fun, this new challenge.”
Osgood’s longtime teammate Kris Draper also retired this offseason and got a job in the Wings’ front office.
“Drapes doesn’t have to go on the ice,” Osgood grinned. “I’m in the trenches, he’s up in the box.”
As far as a title, “I think I’m Jimmy’s assistant,” Osgood smiled. “I don’t know what it is, maybe (I’ll have) many titles. We’ll see how it goes along.”
By the numbers
Valtteri Filppula was the newest Wing to join the informal workouts Wednesday, making it 11 on the ice for the home team.
Jan Mursak was also back skating after missing Day 2.
Tomas Holmstrom, Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves, Chris Conner, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jakub Kindl, Doug Janik and Ty Conklin were also out there for the Wings.
Danny Cleary is expected back on the ice today.
New Jersey defenseman Matt Taormina, a Romeo graduate, also skated as did former Wings goalie Manny Legace.