Thank you Frank Beckmann. Great tribute to the radio great during the Game today.
Really classy move on his part to give away his hat to the fans today also. I never really had a reason to listen to him on the radio, but I went back and checked out some old recordings and wish I had experiened some of it live.
Despite a freep report saying yesterday saying Chris Osgood and Ken Holland will be holding a teleconference to announce the goalie has signed another one year contract...sources are now saying he will announce his retirement at this press conference and take a developmental job with the organization.
It is expected the Wings will sign Ty Conklin as their backup for this upcoming season...
But now, to the more interesting aspect of this announcement: the Hall of Fame Debate. I am not sure that there is another HOF debate that gets more heated. On one hand you have a 400 win, three time Stanley Cup Champion, two as a starter (another all the way to game 7 where he would have won the conn smyth...but I choose not to remember that due to painful memories)...on the other hand, those who say he was never that good, but was supported by the best franchise in the past 20 years in the NHL (which I find to be a stupid argument...by that logic, Grant Fhur was not HOF worthy either since he played on arguably the most talented teams ever...). I think with over 400 wins, Osgood deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I think a less obvious question is if the Wings will ever retire his jersey...
What do you think?
Lidstrom has agreed to a 1-year deal to return for his 20th NHL season for the Red Wings.
Great news for Red Wings fans and hockey fans in general. He's still got it, and it's good to see that he'll be back. Now we just need another good defenseman to play with him and replace Rafalski.
EDIT: Better and more indepth article - http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=566355&navid=DL|DET|home
Reports going around the news that Red Wings D-Man Brian Rafalski will retire on Wednesday...
Probably because of the knee and back problems that have really hurt him the past few years. I did not see this coming, but this will probably be a better situation than a not healthy Rafalski for the future. The ultimate positive spin to this: That is $6 million more for Ken Holland to play with/make some magic happen.