Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Is Osgood Headed for the Hall?

Chris Osgood...Hall of Famer?
 Veteran Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood retired today during a news conference in Detroit.  The 38 year old is going to be hanging up the skates and taking a job within the organization helping scout and develop young goaltenders for the Red Wings.

The question on everybody's mind now is if Osgood should be considered a Hall of Famer. 

I initially thought no.  Even a good friend of mine who is a crazy Red Wings fan told me a few years ago that he didn't think that Osgood was "Hall-worthy". 

After a bit of investigating though I changed my mind.  What changed it were the career stats that Osgood put together.  He is 10th all time in wins (401) which puts him ahead of Hall of Fame goaltenders Billy Smith and Eddie Giacomin and future Hall of Famers Dominik Hasek and Nikolai Khabibulin.  He is 8th on the all time playoff wins list (ahead of Hall of Famers Terry Sawchuk and Tony Esposito and future Hall of Famer Curtis Joseph).  He is 24th all time in career shutouts (2006 HOF Inductee Grant Fuhr isn't even in the top 50), and has lifted Lord Stanley's Cup on three different occasions. 

If it were up to me...Osgood would be in the Hall of Fame.  He is a proven winner on one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports and deserves to take his place amongst the all time greats. 

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