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Netcrashing: Is Chris Osgood a Hall of Famer?

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TSN.ca Staff
7/19/2011 1:26:56 PM
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The retirement of Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood opens yet another good Hall of Fame debate - is the three-time Stanley Cup champion worthy of eventual enshrinement?

Osgood finishes a 17-year career with 401 victories, good for 10th on the all-time wins list. Of the nine goalies ahead of him, seven have been inducted and all-time wins leader Martin Brodeur will be a lock upon his retirement.

Osgood also posted 50 regular season shutouts and a career goals-against average of 2.49. He added 74 playoff wins and was Detroit's starting goalie during their Stanley Cup-winning runs in 1998 and 2008.

The 38-year-old also leaves Detroit with the second-most wins in Red Wings history (317), behind Terry Sawchuk's 352.

Osgood was fortunate to play the majority of his career with a Detroit franchise that was always among the league's best clubs. He spent his first seasons primarily as Detroit's number one netminder, but for the rest of his career he was employed in a platoon by the Red Wings, rarely playing as many as 50 games in a season. Over an era where Detroit leaned on the likes of Mike Vernon, Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, Ty Conklin, and Jimmy Howard as top goalies, Osgood was almost always with the club in some supporting role.

As Osgood said in his farewell press conference on Tuesday, "if I could sum up my career in Detroit, I was a perfect goalie for the team at the perfect time."

And has often become the case, especially with the Hockey Hall of Fame, comparison to a player's peers and contemporaries has become part of the debate as well. Osgood's victory count stands just ahead of Vernon, John Vanbiesbrouck, Andy Moog, and Tom Barrasso - of whom none have yet achieved induction.

In his time, Osgood shared in two Jennings trophies but did not garner any individual awards. He played in two All-Star games, and was named a second-team league All-Star in 1995-96.

Osgood's career numbers are strong, but will his overall credentials be enough to one day gain induction?

Netcrashing brings the question to you: is Chris Osgood a Hall of Famer?

Let us know in the Your! Call section below.

Chris Osgood (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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