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Chris Osgood and The Hockey Hall of Fame

Over at RLD Hockey today, myself and Brian Huddle debate whether or not Detroit Red Wings’ goaltender Chris Osgood deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

You can either click here to go to RLD to read my take or you can continue below to see why I think “Ozzy” should go in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done:

Osgood is a lock
By Patrick Hoffman

Over the course of his long NHL career, many things have been said about Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood:

- He allows soft goals at the wrong times

- If he wasn’t a goaltender with the Red Wings, his career numbers would not be as good

- He’s the product of a terrific system in Detroit

The list could go on and on but when all is said and done, all Osgood does is win and win big. Sure, the team in front of him does a great job of putting the puck in the net and getting back defensively but at the end of the day, Osgood is the last line of defense and more often than not, he’s ended up on the winning side by providing the goaltending that is needed to win hockey games whether it is in the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.

His career numbers certainly say a lot about the type of goaltender Osgood is:

- 401 career wins

- 2.49 goals against average

- .905 save percentage

- 50 shutouts

- Two Stanley Cups as the starter for the Detroit Red Wings (1998 and 2008)

- Scored a goal against the Hartford Whalers back in 1996

- A couple of NHL All-Star game appearances

He’s got more than a terrific resume and yet, because of soft goals he has allowed in the past and the team he plays for, he never gets the credit he deserves.

If I had a vote in the Hockey Hall of Fame election process, Osgood would be on my ballot. What about you?

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Probably going to get flamed for this, but something that I’ve never seen mentioned is that in roughly half of the seasons Osgood has played, his goaltending partner has produced much better numbers when given the same lineup to play behind.

And not just Hasek, journeymen like Sean Burke, Ty Conklin and Manny Legace have all made Osgood look like a bum in comparison.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/29/11 at 05:23 PM ET

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And not just Hasek, journeymen like Sean Burke, Ty Conklin and Manny Legace have all made Osgood look like a bum in comparison.

First off, Hasek was blown away by Osgood in 07-08.

Secondly, Burke has never played with Osgood.

Manny Legace had better numbers in the regular season, but when it counted, you couldn’t count on Manny.

Conklin did put up great numbers.  But he’s always been a back-up for a reason.  He’s a hell of a back-up, but still a backup.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 01/29/11 at 05:39 PM ET

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Half.  And the rest of that time?

Regardless…what came first…the chicken or the egg?  Were Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jerry Rice REALLY that good…or was it all a product of the team effort? What if Steve Largent were on that team…would he have been as good as Rice?  Put Rice on that crappy team Largent had and see how he winds up.

Would Cliff Lee be as dominant as he is if he had say, the Royals infield behind him?

What I’m saying is it is a cumulative total.  Sure Osgood has let in some soft goals over time and yes, I do cringe anytime long shots are taken.  But on a whole he was pretty dang good over time.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/29/11 at 05:41 PM ET

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Put him in the Hall just so this stupid argument ends. Damn.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/29/11 at 05:58 PM ET

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Secondly, Burke has never played with Osgood.

My mistake, it was Garth Snow, which is even worse.


Regardless…what came first…the chicken or the egg?  Were Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jerry Rice REALLY that good…or was it all a product of the team effort? What if Steve Largent were on that team…would he have been as good as Rice?  Put Rice on that crappy team Largent had and see how he winds up.

Because Matt Cavanaugh clearly put up better numbers than Joe Montana 50% of the time.

I don’t see what this has to do with Osgood doing worse than his partner half the time (often a lot worse). They have the same team in front of them.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/29/11 at 06:28 PM ET

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