The New York Islanders used their first overall pick in the NHL’s Waiver Draft to select Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood.
Osgood, made expendable by Detroit’s aquisition of Dominik Hasek, will join an Islanders team burdened by poor preseason performances from goalies Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow.
Should DiPierto or Snow have a turnaround, the Islanders are rumored to have already worked out a deal to send Osgood to the Red Wings Central Divison rival St. Louis Blues. The Blues currently have the young goaltending tandem of Brent Johnson and Fred Brathwaite.
The Red Wings had also left defensemen Steve Duchesne and Uwe Krupp available, but escaped without losing either.