Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood, in the middle of a career season at the age of 35, signed a 3 year contract extension on Wednesday. The contract will land him $4.25 million frontloaded with $1.7 million next season, $1.45 million in 2009-10 and $1.1 million in 2010-11. Osgood is 19-2-1 on the season and leads the league with a paltry 1.68 goals against average and a handsome .932 save percentage. With only 2 regulation losses, Ozzie is the only goalie with more than 10 starts to have that few losses in regular play.
A 644 game veteran, Osgood has started 620 games to the tune of a 355-188-66-12 (W-L-T-OTL) record. He has a career goals against average of 2.42 and a .908 save percentage. After playing his first 7 seasons in Detroit, Osgood played 1 and a half years with the Islanders and roughly another year and a half with St. Louis before returning to Detroit for the post-lockout 2005-06 season.
We here at FIW believe that Osgood should be considered the top candidate right now for the Vezina Trophy. He is having a spectacular season and we continue to wish him the best for the next few years to come. Congratulations Chris, you earned it!