On Friday, we took to our Facebook page looking for your thoughts on the tough decisions facing Ken Holland on the future of Chris Osgood and Kris Draper. It’s hard to find two more loyal, dedicated members of the organization, so as expected, responses were numerous and passionate.
Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.
Note: Responses have been edited for readability.
I say bring them back for one more year. Long time fans recognize the value of character that Kris Draper and Chris Osgood bring to the team, even if they’re not going to play in many games. We didn’t see a lot of Osgood last season due to injuries, but the impact of his presence in terms of Howard’s maturity and ability to keep it together under pressure was evident.
Draper is in better shape than many players, regardless of age, not to mention much wiser and more experienced. He’s a contributor whenever his skates hit the ice. There is no question in my mind that he should be brought back
Heck yeah, the Red Wings should bring back Kris Draper and Chris Osgood. Even when Osgood wasn’t playing for us, he still was my favorite player. Draper is valuable player and would definitely leave a large hole were he not to return.
Elaine B. Hendrickson
You asked our thoughts on bringing Draper and Osgood back. Here are some of mine.
Draper would be safe to re-sign at a low price. He still wants to be in the game and is working hard for the chance to come back. Although he hasn’t put up big numbers, he could prove to be useful on a limited basis and add leadership during the playoffs.
Osgood, due to injuries, probably isn’t worth bringing back. I would feel more comfortable with having Joey MacDonald as a full time backup, or someone like Ray Emery, because if he can stay healthy, he could be able to challenge for that number one spot and push Jimmy Howard to be better.
From Ozzie’s fight with Roy, to his stand out performance in 2008, Draper’s awesome years on the grind line, to the Stanley Cup titles both have brought, these will never be forgotten.
But there is a new breed coming through and time doesn’t last forever. It may be time for these two men to sit back, have a brew and watch the next generation do their thing.
Aaron Ryan – Your biggest Aussie fan!
In regards to our thoughts of re-signing Kris Draper and Chris Osgood to the 2011-2012 season, I offer only one word: a proud and resounding YES.
Perhaps there’s a bit of a personal bias there, as number 33 has been my hero for as long as I can remember, but Drapes I know is at least actively pursuing another season. Despite all the naysayers who keep telling him to retire, Kris really wants to play. He just needs Holland to give him the chance. And with the Captain returning to lead yet again, more veterans (who are seasoned in experience and also working with each other as a team) under his command would be helpful to our success, not detrimental. The more leadership our new draft picks and selections have to follow by example, the better.
The teams who play together, win together. And our Wings have proven to be a force to reckon with when our lines can be interchangeable. Every player works well with every player. There are always some combos that work better (EuroTwins, anyone? Or in the past, the Production Line, the Grind Line, etc, you know what I’m talkin’ about), but when any players out on the ice can communicate to their fellows and feel out plays on the go, that’s where we’re going to see the best results. I understand the argument about getting newer, younger legs on our roster, but don’t get rid of good vets to make room for all new guys.
Kris Draper and Chris Osgood have been two very loyal members of the organization. However, both have reached a stage where they are faced with the decision to retire. Ultimately I think they must show their loyalty by letting the future run its course. Osgood’s injury history is a concern, but the Red Wings need a reliable goaltender who can back up Jimmy Howard. Kris Draper is a great leader, but unfortunately that would put the Wings in a difficult position as they might lose one of their more valuable, younger players.
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