Will he retire or be Detroit’s backup? Chris Osgood will announce decision on Tuesday


The Detroit Red Wings have already dealt with a couple important retirement questions during this off-season. That’s the price they pay for leaning on a veteran-heavy roster. So far, the team is batting .500; Brian Rafalski raised some eyebrows when he decided to retire while Nicklas Lidstrom produced sighs of relief by deciding against it.

Detroit faces one more big question (well, two if you count the unlikely prospect of Mike Modano returning) in the form of goalie Chris Osgood. It’s tough to tell which way Osgood and the Red Wings will lean; Detroit already has Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald locked up to multi-year deals, but MacDonald could just be in the mix for insurance purposes. (Osgood played just 11 games in a injury-ravaged 2010-11 season and MacDonald’s deal is a two-way contract.)

Those injury issues – not to mention what must have been a fulfilling career for a goalie who continuously proved doubters wrong – would make Osgood’s retirement justifiable. That being said, the 38-year-old goalie has every right to decide when he wants to hang up his goalie pads for good (as long as someone is willing to employ him).

With that coin toss in mind, it should be interesting to see what Osgood and the Red Wings will announce during a conference call scheduled for Tuesday. Red Wings GM Ken Holland visited Osgood last weekend to determine if the veteran goalie wanted to come back for another year. Various outlets indicate that signs (particularly the fact that it will be a conference call rather than a press conference held at Joe Louis Arena) point to Osgood coming back for another season as Howard’s backup, but we’ll have to wait and see what actually happens.

Either way, expect PHT to provide insight and analysis regarding the decision (and perhaps Osgood’s legacy).

This fight between Tom Wilson, Chris Stewart got downright gory (Video)


For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.

Also, for some, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson specifically may provide additional pleasure.

Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.

Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.

Milestones: Matthews, Nylander break Leafs rookie records; Chara hits 600

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Auston Matthews likely ranks as the top reason that many Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to get the same feelings they had in better times, so it only makes sense that he broke a beloved Buds’ record on Tuesday.

With his 35th goal of a potential Calder season – but a brilliant debut either way – Matthews passed Wendel Clark for the Maple Leafs’ rookie record for goals in a season.

That goal was also meaningful for William Nylander, as he extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist. This team, fueled by young players, just keeps shattering first-year marks:

Switching gears, let’s go from new to (relatively) old: Zdeno Chara collected the 600th point of his outstanding career with an assist:

Yes, it’s true that most people think of his imposing size and all-world defensive instincts in praising Chara, but he’s been a respectable point producer, too.

U.S. women end boycott, will represent USA Hockey at worlds


The U.S. women’s national team voted in favor of accepting USA Hockey’s deal, so they’ll participate in the world championship tournament. USA Hockey recently made the news official with this press release.

The press release confirmed a report that the contract will last four years, while financial terms were kept confidential. (Team members had been seeking a living wage to represent USA Hockey.)

“Our sport is the big winner today,” Team captain Meghan Duggan said. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”

The U.S. women’s national team is scheduled to face Canada on Friday.

Here’s a screen cap of the press release for your convenience:

Logan Couture can at least speak and eat following horrifying mouth injury

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As much as many of us suffer during a trip to the dentist, few can fathom the horrors hockey players often go through when a puck, stick or fist finds their teeth/mouths. Consult this vintage PHT post from 2010 if you want to cringe, a lot.

Much like Eddie Lack “only” dealing with a neck sprain, it’s strange to be heartened to hear that Logan Couture can speak and eat after his own painful ordeal, but that’s the positive update from the Mercury News on Tuesday.

Couture, Wilson said, did not need to have his jaw wired shut after a deflected puck caught him in the mouth on Saturday when the Sharks played the Nashville Predators.

“Hey, he can speak and eat … and his jaw isn’t wired shut!” Yeesh.

To little surprise, Couture isn’t playing on Tuesday. As far as the Sharks next three games (Thursday, Friday and Sunday), that remains to be seen.

As an aside, consider this: on the same day Jonathan Drouin‘s celebrating his birthday after helping the Lightning win, Couture is lucky if he can force down some birthday cake. Life: it isn’t always fair.

PHT discussed his trip to the dentist on Monday.

More mouth pain: When David Backes felt like his face was falling off.