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Detroit Red Wings sign Chris Osgood to 3-year contract

He is the third winningest active goalie in hockey today. From AP-

DETROIT – Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood, off to a fast start this season, has signed a three-year extension with the team.

The 35-year-old Osgood leads the NHL in both goals-against average (1.68) and save percentage (.932), and has a 19-2-1 record in 22 appearances. Both losses were 3-2 decisions. No other NHL goaltender with at least 10 appearances has only two regulation losses.

The deal runs through the 2010-2011 season.

Osgood has 355 victories, third among active goaltenders and tied with Rogie Vachon for 15th on the career list. He has shared netminding duties this season with Dominik Hasek, who has a 14-6-2 record for the NHL-leading Red Wings.

I think a more than solid argument can be made for Osgood as the best goalie today. The hottest goalie in hockey at present is Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin who is 8-0 this year with a save pct around .940. Conklin is a 31-year-old journeyman called up to replace injured Marc Fleury.

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