Without question, Chris Osgood belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame
Among the most ridiculous is the one we have endlessly in this town: Whether Chris Osgood belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
There should be no doubt he does.
He is 10th on the all-time list for wins at 401. Eight of the nine goalies ahead of him have been elected to the Hall of Fame. The one exception is Curtis Joseph. The knock on him: He never won the Stanley Cup. Osgood did - twice as the primary goalie, and another time when he was the primary goalie during the regular season and backed up Mike Vernon during the playoffs.
Osgood ranks 24th all-time in goals against average at 2.49 - ahead of such hall of famers as Glenn Hall, Johnny Bower and Patrick Roy.
His playoff record was 74-49. His goals against average a sparkling 2.09. His save percentage above 91. Chris Osgood wasn't a good goalie, he was a great goalie by any standard of the definition. He wasn't just a product of the Red Wings' strength overall, which his detractors claim.
He had winning records with the Islanders and St. Louis - teams that have tended to miss the playoffs since he departed. He took both seven game series in the opening rounds before losing.
And what have the Red Wings done when Osgood hasn't been one of their goalies? They won the Stanley Cup 2002. That's it. He was paramount to their success in 1997, 1998 and 2008 - and also played extraordinarily well in 2009 when the Red Wings advanced to the finals.
I understand how difficult this town is on goalies, but the notion some have that Osgood has been a glorified backup is absurd.