JULY 30, 2001
GM Ken Holland has begun to talk seriously to teams about a deal for
Osgood, of course, was put on the trading block by the acquisition of
Dominik Hasek from the Buffalo Sabres.
One interesting possibility is Boston, who likely will trade 26-year-
old center Jason Allison because the two sides haven't been able to
come to an agreement on a contract. Allison reportedly wants at least
$7 million annually, after collecting 95 points last season, while
the Bruins don't want to pay him much more than $5.5 million or $6
Detroit reportedly has been among the teams that have expressed an
interest in Allison.
Boston has a solid No. 1 goaltender in Byron Dafoe, but he has been
hampered by injuries the past two seasons. And the Bruins haven't
been able to come up with a capable backup in that time.
Osgood is a bit pricey at almost $4 million per season. But, despite
the problems with Allison, the Bruins will be paying former Red Wing
Martin Lapointe more than $5 million annually for the next four
seasons. So who knows what they might decide?
The Red Wings would almost want to certainly have Allison signed
before they would make such a deal, but the subtraction of Osgood's
salary, along with whoever might go with him in a trade might allow
Detroit to pay Allison what he's asking.
Also, many players, including Hasek and Brendan Shanahan, have been
willing to take less money to either join the Red Wings or remain
with them. . . .