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Red Wings ensure key part of team with three-year extension for Osgood

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

Osgood, 35, 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.

"Chris has a tremendous career record as an NHL goaltender and
his performance this season places him as one of the top goalies in
the game today," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a
release Wednesday.

Osgood will make $1.7 million next season, $1.45 million in
2009-10 and $1.1 million for the 2010-11 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.

Detroit originally drafted Osgood in the third round (54th
overall) of the 1991 NHL draft. The New York Islanders claimed him
in the waiver draft in September 2001 and traded him to St. Louis
in 2003.

Osgood returned to Detroit in August 2005 when the Wings signed
him as a free agent.