Islanders nab Osgood in NHL's waiver draft

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Osgood knew his days in Detroit were numbered after the Red Wings traded for All-Star goalie Dominik Hasek.

On Friday, the wait ended for Osgood, who was selected by the New York Islanders in the NHL waiver draft.

Eight other players were picked in the draft, including left wing Kirk Muller, who was picked by Columbus and then quickly returned to Dallas when the Stars gave the Blue Jackets the rights to defenseman Evgeny Petrochinin.

Technically, Jamie Allison and Phil Housley were drafted but it amounted to a trade of the defensemen, Allison going to Calgary from Chicago and Housley moving in the other direction.

The other players drafted were center Sebastien Bordeleau by Minnesota from St. Louis, left wing P.J. Stock by Boston from the New York Rangers, right wing Glen Metropolit by Tampa Bay from Washington, center Josh Holden by Carolina from Vancouver, and goalie Martin Brochu by Vancouver from Minnesota.

Osgood was Detroit's No. 1 goalie when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1998 but he was left unprotected after Hasek, the six-time Vezina Trophy winner, was acquired from Buffalo. At $7.5 million for the next two years, Osgood would have been an expensive backup.

''It was time for me to move on to a new challenge,'' he said. ''I'm really excited.''

Osgood, 28, has a 221-110-46 record since breaking into the NHL in 1993-94 with the Red Wings.

''We were fortunate to pick up a goaltender who has a Stanley Cup ring,'' Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said. ''We figure we're a better team by a long shot today.''

Osgood moves into a crowded goalie picture with the Islanders, who signed free agent Garth Snow during the summer and already have Rick DiPietro, the first overall pick in the 2000 entry draft. DiPietro was 3-15-1 with the Islanders last season.

''He's a good young goalie,'' Osgood said of DiPietro. ''I think I can get along with him really well.

''We'll complement one another and I'll try to make it a real good relationship to make the team better. I've never really played with a young (goaltender) before so I'm looking forward to that.

''Him and I both have to do a good job together and give the team an opportunity to do well night after night. I'm looking forward to meeting him and playing with him. I think I can help him.''

Milbury had the first pick in the waiver draft because the Islanders finished last overall in the 30-team league last season. He had to pay Detroit compensation of only $10,000.

Osgood said he's not bitter about his departure from the only NHL club for which he's played. ''I had a great time in Detroit,'' he said.

But he knew his time there was up with the acquistion of Hasek.

''I was waiting and hoping for something to happen so I could get off to a new start and do some big things this season,'' said Osgood. ''The Islanders are a young, up-and-coming team.

''We have a really good shot at doing some things this year. We have a chance of scoring quite a few goals. If I can come in and play like I'm capable of playing and keep the goals against down, we should win a lot of games.''

Earlier, the Islanders acquired Alexei Yashin, once Ottawa's leading scorer, and former Buffalo captain Mike Peca. Osgood adds to the sense of optimism.

''We're back in business on Long Island,'' Milbury said. ''We're competitive. There's no reason why this team can't compete night after night with any team in the league.''

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