Friday, November 14, 2008

Come On, Admit It, Ozzie Is A Hall Of Fame Goalie

I have come to the conclusion there is a segment of Red Wings fans, not a small one, either, Chris Osgood will never win over - regardless of what he accomplishes.
They don’t believe he belongs in hockey’s hall of fame. They always view him as the Red Wings’ weak link. And I don’t understand why.
Osgood has 370 career wins. He’s won 65 percent of his games. He has been the primary goalie for two Stanley Cup championship teams. Even though his goals against average is high this season, he does have a sterling record. He was the best goalie in the NHL both during the regular season and the playoffs last season.
He got scorched for seven goals by the Penguins Tuesday, but much of that was because of the pressure applied by the Penguins, an incredible individual effort by Jordan Staal and poor defense in front of him.
To say Osgood has strictly been the benefactor of a superior team is not true. He did play other places and maintain his career record. While Osgood didn’t do well in the playoffs at other outposts, it should be noted the Red Wings have made the playoffs 17 straight years and won the Stanley Cup championship four times.
Osgood was the primary goalie for two of those runs. Give credit where credit is due. He is a great goalie. He is worthy of the hall of fame.

Random Thoughts

- What I can’t figure out about the notion of the Tigers trading Magglio Ordonez is who would take his place in the lineup. I did like some things Matt Joyce did last season, but is he ready to be an every day player in the major leagues? Will he ever be? I’m not sure. The Tigers need to be careful about their offense. They might not get much production from the catcher, third base and shortstop positions.

- What I have liked best about Allen Iverson in his last two games on the West Coast is the way he has distributed the ball. He has gotten his points, but he has been anything but a ball hog.

8 Comments:

Blogger Barry said...

Hey Pat, trading Maggs should done as a last resort unless some team is going to offer two can't miss prospects that is MLB ready and a late inning reliever. Tigers should wait to see where Furcal, Uribe and even Joe Crede ( thinking putting Inge back to catcher) land. They should wait to see where, Cordero, Ohman and the Japanese pitchers land too. Is Ramon Vasquez any good at 3B?

12:40 PM 
Anonymous CW said...

U said it pat..AI has been a much better distributor of the ball than we thought..i think he knows the talent is better here and all he has too do is play his game..hopefully it'll work out.

1:43 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

barry,
It's going to be difficult to trade Ordonez for prospects. Especially after raising some ticket prices Friday, the only way the Tigers could justify it is by getting immediate help for the club.
Caputo

5:42 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

cw,
Great point. It does seem that way, especially compared with when he played with the 76ers.
Caputo

5:43 PM 
Anonymous Deano said...

Pat,

Chris Osgood is a great goalie? You have got to be kidding me. During the Stanley Cup run in 1998, he was average at best. He gave up at least two goals from center ice. CENTER ICE!! In the Playoffs!! One was an overtime game winner to Dallas. The proof is in his record when the Wings traded him because they didn't think he was good enough. He did not maintain his win percentage, in fact it was 10% lower. The Wings would never have won the Cup with him in 02. He was good in last years playoffs, but best goalie in the NHL last season? He is a solid NHL goalie, but certainly not Hall of Fame worthy.

11:07 PM 
Anonymous JE said...

Pat, I don't think it would be a bad thing to trade Magglio if they got some one like Ichoro Suzuki and some pitching for him. It would make it possible to have an actual leadoff hitter in the lineup while allowing Granderson to move down. The outfield defense would be bolstered also. Inge needs to become an excellent defensive catcher to remain in the lineup or else face being a defensive late inning replacement/backup player. His offense could be hidden in lineup if it were the only weak spot, but there will probably be too many gaps to cover them all.

8:49 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

deano,
Remember those goals well. Roenick and Big Al...But he did bounce back well from those bad moments. A lot of people agree with you about Osgood. I don't - not after last year.
Caputo

6:17 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

je,
Ichiro will go back to Japan before he plays in Detroit. I, too, think Inge should catch and am surprised the Tigers have autmotically handed him the third base position.
Caputo

6:19 PM 

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