Osgood Taken by Islanders in Waiver Draft

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.

Waiver Draft Today

Chris Osgood‘s fate will likely be decided later today when the NHL conducts it’s annual Waiver Draft via conference call.

The Red Wings were unable to trade Osgood afer he became expendable with the aquisiton of Dominik Hasek, the best goalie in the league. The Red Wings opted to protect Manny Legace as a cheaper backup to Hasek, leaving Osgood available to be picked up by any of the other NHL teams.

The New York Islanders pick first in the draft and are interested in Osgood after poor preseason performances by Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow. Central Division rival St. Louis is also interested as the Blues lack a playoff-proven goaltender.

Even if no one picks him in the Waiver Draft, the Red Wings would likely keep trying to trade Osgood because he would count against the twenty-three man roster limit.

What the Hull?

Hockeytown has yet another new face to get used to as the Red Wings announced the signing of free agent sniper/cherry-picker Brett Hull on Monday.

The addition of Hull is the summer’s fourth example of the Red Wings refusual to take a look at the team’s average age. Hull, 37, joins goaltender Dominik Hasek, left wing Luc Robitaille and defenseman Fredrik Olausson as the newest members of the Red Wings’ way-over-30 club.

To most people in Detroit, last year’s early exit from the playoffs showed that the team lacked the toughness to advance far into the postseason. The Red Wings have responded by allowing their most physical forward to leave via free agency, trading for a new goalie, and signing two ultra-lightweight forwards.

Tell me how that fixes the problem.

Brett Hull is possibly the least defensive, least tough player in the league. There is no doubt that he has incredible offensive skills, but those aren’t what the Red Wings need right now.

The Wings need grit. They had it in 1997 and they won the Cup. Now they have finesse. It remains to be seen if they can win the Cup with that alone.

Hasek Released from Czech Hospital

Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek was released from a hospital in his hometown of Pardubice, Czech Republic, after a two-week stay caused by a mystery viral infection.

Hasek reportedly feels “excellent” dispite the fact that the cause of his ailments was never determined. He will continue treatment as an outpatient for the next several weeks.

Hasek does not doubt that he will be back in shape in time for the Red Wings training camp in September. “I believe this year will now be as I had imagined it would be,” Hasek said.

Hasek in Czech Hospital with Virus

Red Wings superstar goaltender Dominik Hasek has been hospitalized in the Czech Republic, suffering from an unknown virus.

Hasek reportedly showed signs of being ill upon his return to his homeland following a trip to the United States to speak to the press about his recent trade to the Red Wings.

“He came down with a bug and they couldn’t identify it,” Rich Winter, Hasek’s agent, said. “They’ve done all the necessary tests and there doesn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong with Dominik.”

“They’re being very careful with it. We don’t expect any ongoing problem. He’s in good spirits.”

2001-2002 NHL Schedule Released

The National Hockey League released it’s schedule for the 2001-2002 season on Wednesday.

The Red Wings will start the season in San Jose on October 4. Detroit’s home opener will be on October 10 against Calgary.

Early in the season, the Red Wings will host the Buffalo Sabres (October 12) and Los Angeles Kings (October 20). The Wings aquired Vezina-winning goaltender Dominik Hasek from the Sabres for Slava Kozlov and a draft pick, and signed former-King Luc Robitaille as a free agent.

The Red Wings will play their first game against Aaron Ward and his new team in Carolina on October 30.

Detroit’s only matchup with the Boston Bruins, with whom former Red Wing Martin Lapointe signed as a free agent, is March 16 in Boston.

The first meeting between the Wings and arch-rival Colorado will take place on December 5 in Detroit.

The season ends with what could be a crucial home-and-home series against division rival St. Louis on April 13 and 14.

Wings Sign Luc, Lose Lapointe

Detroit lost one forward and signed another Tuesday, almost overshadowing Dominik Hasek‘s first appearance as a Red Wing.

Ten year Red Wing Martin Lapointe signed a reported five-year, $20 million deal with the Boston Bruins. Lapointe, a Group V (unrestricted) free agent, was one of the most sought after free agents of the summer, and was highly unlikely to return to the Detroit team with which he won two Stanley Cups.

Luc Robitaille, a fifteen season NHL veteran, signed a two year, $9 million deal with Detroit, the team he helped eliminate from the playoffs last spring.

Robitaille joins Hasek and defenseman Fredrik Olausson as the only offseason aquistions of the Red Wings.

Hasek Headed to Hockeytown

Dominik Hasek, the Vezina-winning goalie for six of the past eight seasons, has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

In return for the future hall-of-famer, the Red Wings sent slumping forward Vyacheslav Kozlov, a first round draft pick in 2002, and future considerations to the Sabres.

Hasek is added to a Detroit goaltender corps that already includes Chris Osgood and Manny Legace.

The Sabres have scheduled a press conference to address the trade for later today.