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by George Malik on 06/23/14 at 12:44 PM ET
Presented with a, "This is actually well thought-out" comment, from Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski:
Unfortunately for Chris Osgood, his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility comes in the same season as Dominik Hasek’s.
It’s pretty much the starkest comparison that can be drawn between two winning goalies from the same era: One was a steady success with little individual glory in the regular season, with spectacular postseason credentials in three Stanley Cup wins; and the other was a human highlight reel who captured Vezinas and Harts and, eventually in his latter years, Stanley Cups.
One was a winner. The other was a legend. One satisfies the “hockey” of the building’s title, and the other one better fulfills the “fame” component.
Osgood’s name won’t be announced when the 2014 Hall of Fame class is revealed on Monday. He’s not a first-ballot guy; hell, he might not be a second or third either. He’s a player whose candidacy depends very much on the peers he’s matched up against and the criteria that the illustrious panel of voters decides to apply.
Continued at length, with the following conclusion:
Ultimately, I think Osgood gets in. Not that I think he’s elite or immortal; again, compare his legacy to that of Hasek and it’s like comparing Michael Jackson to some other hitmaking singer: They both have gold records, but one reinvented the game.
But 400 wins is usually enough to punch your ticket as long as there’s another component to your legacy. CuJo has the wins but not the accomplishments. Osgood has the wins and was the starting goalie in two of his three Stanley Cup seasons, to go along with stellar postseason numbers.
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