Re: Osgood the hall of famer
posted at 7/19/2011 7:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Osgood the hall of famer
[QUOTE]I knew I would get this reaction, but his stats are better than a few HHOFers. Grant Fuhr had a .887 career save percentage along with a 3.38 GAA. Osgood had a .905 SP and 2.49 GAA. That's almost a full goal more per game over the course of their careers. Fuhr's in the hall because he had Gretzky cheerleading for him. I'll make the argument that Osgood is the most underrated goalie in league history. Osgood didn't have to stand on his head every night, but he was there when the Wings needed him year-in, year-out. Of course, the hall is a complete joke given the Pat Burns debacle last year but that's another riff for another day.
Posted by BruinsFanInPenTerritory[/QUOTE]
Before I defend you, I will reject comparing goalies' GAAs from Fuhrs day to a current goalie. Goalies with a 3.38 were pretty good back then, especially when teams like Edmonton abandoned him back there most nights. Comparing those stats to the ridiculous stats of today's goalies, especially pre-strike are not valid.
That said, first I'd say Im usually someone who does not put as much stock in longevity stats or wins for goalies, but you cannot ignore the fact that only 9 other goalies in the history of the National Hockey League have more wins. It's ridiculous to ignore this.
He was also a Jennings award winner twice and was named to the All Star team 4 times (didnt play in all due to injury). Oh yeah, and there's 3 of those Cup thingies.
I'd also point out that while Ozzie had the advantage of a great team in front of him, most goalies will tell you there's a different responsibility thats involved with playing for teams that are supposed to win. Red Wings goalies in the past have been run out of town for not winning while barely giving up a couple goals a game. Osgood was the starter in 2 of his 3 Cup wins, and plenty of fine goaltenders have failed in that role. He gets credit for that.
Given Osgood's body of work and the induction standard that has been set by the NHL (Mark Howe?), Osgood is a future Hall of Famer.