Blues Sign Chris Osgood

The Blues management finally realized that they cannot rely on Brent Johnson for a Stanley Cup and signed upcoming UFA Chris Osgood, who was dealt to the Blues at the May trade deadline. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. reports the following:


St. Louis Blues Sign Goaltender Chris Osgood

St. Louis, MO, June 11, 2003 – Senior Vice President and General Manager Larry Pleau announced today that the club has signed goaltender Chris Osgood.

“At the end of our playoffs, Chris expressed to us that he wanted to play a major role in our effort to win the Stanley Cup in 2004,” said Pleau. “To do so, Chris is agreeing to contractual terms well below the market rate for a goaltender with his record and experience. He’s won the Stanley Cup, and the opportunity to win it again as a member of the St. Louis Blues is what drove his decision to sign with us for next season. We’re impressed with his approach and very happy to welcome him back.”

Osgood, 30, skated in nine regular season contests with St. Louis, posting a 4-3-2 record along with two shutouts, while appearing in seven postseason games. He appeared in 37 games with the Islanders prior to the trade, recording a 17-14-4 record, along with a 2.92 goals against average. Osgood missed 19 games with an ankle sprain and returned to action stopping 16 of 18 shots on March 8 versus New Jersey. Osgood played in a career high 66 games in 2001-02 with the Islanders, posting a 32-25-6 record, along with a 2.50 goals against average.

The 5-11, 180-pound goaltender has posted 30-or-more wins in seven of his last 10 NHL seasons, posting a career best 39-6-5 record, along with 2.17 goals against average during the 1995-96 season. The two-time Stanley Cup winner, backstopped the Red Wings to the 1997-98 Championship, recording a 16-6 record, along with a 2.12 goals against average. He set a Red Wing record by recording a 21-game unbeaten streak (19-0-2) and notched a career-best, 13-game winning streak during the 1995-96 season. Osgood has earned the Jennings Trophy on two occasions (1996-97, 1995-96), along with teammates Mike Vernon and Kevin Hodson.

The three-time NHL All Star has appeared in 501 career NHL games, posting a 274-152-58 record lifetime, along with a 2.46 goals against average. Osgood has appeared in 82 postseason games, registering a 44-33 record and a 2.23 goals against average. The Peace River, Alberta native was acquired by St. Louis on March 11, 2003 along with a 2003 third round selection from the New York Islanders in exchange for center Justin Papineau and the Blues second round selection in the 2003 Entry Draft.


I think, when taking a look at the UFA goaltenders this summer, this was the Blues’ best bet. “Ozzie” was streaky at times in the playoffs, but I still believe he and Doug Weight were the only Blues who deserve to stay Blues after their performance in the last three games of the Vancouver series. What do you guys think?

~Jeff P.

12 Responses to Blues Sign Chris Osgood

  1. MantaRay says:

    Brent Johnson will be a great young goalie for a team that doesn’t scape goat its man between the pipes.

  2. Kashin says:

    After seeing him play before he got injured, he can lead them to places and he will be their best option. Better then a struggling johnson.

  3. matteo says:

    Thank God….that is one less lump of a goalie off the market that Clarkie can’t sign… if someone would just sign Hackett I could breathe easier.

  4. defenestrate says:

    Let me warm up for next year…



    just like old times……

  5. mikster says:

    I agree, but not that he will be a great goalie, just a good goalie.

    Still, this means he’s got to be traded. He can’t be a back up.

  6. mikster says:

    And who would be left?

  7. ak2797 says:

    This team is the Flyers West…a team that would be in contention if they had a goalie worth a damn. The Blues needed to find a solid stopper, go after Potvin, Burke or someone who had proven that they can win games on their own. Osgood never has done that, and never will. It actually is a digrace that this guy has won a cup over a guy like Cujo, I guess it goes to show you that sometimes the better goalie doesn’t win.

  8. gr8haluschak says:

    I am going to pose this question to all of you idiots that thing this was a dumb signing, that they should have tested the free agent market – WHO THE

    #$%@ IS OUT THERE

    Hackett – A glorified BACK UP, does he even know what the post season is, GIVE ME A BREAK ! he is the Blues answer – better bring back Jim Carrey

    Potvin – There is a reason he is passed around more than a puck bunny at the team party. He had 2 playoff runs in the EARLY 90’s ! NEXT

    Burke – Oh yes here may be the answer. You complain about all the post season futility and lack of experince the Blues had with Goalies, let us take a look at Burke – He has been in the playoffs no more than 5 TIMES and made it out of the first round 1 Time and that was back in the 80’s.

    How about this, and it is a crazy thought I know but why the HELL don’t you wait and see what he does this year. Just a thought

  9. wayne2 says:

    People seem to forget he did win a cup,so he`s not that bad at all.

  10. ProngerBlues44 says:

    What people outside of the Blues’ fanbase don’t realize is that not only does Johnson not have an actual style, (he flops around hoping the puck hits him) but he is just as bad as old hot-head Billy Smith was off of the ice. Johnny talks down to his coaches, told off AL MacINNIS for Christ’s sake, and yells at people for fixing his mistakes. I liked Freddy Brathwaite more than I do Johnson, atleast he had class.

    ~Jeff P.

  11. ProngerBlues44 says:

    Man he used to HATE St. Louis for what we used to do to him when he was in a Wings jersey. I don’t know why he took a paycut to STAY here.

  12. matteo says:

    Doesnt matter…….any way you slice it we are in trouble……..unless we pull off a trade or a rookie stands on his head

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