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  • 02/05/2013, 10:30AM ET

Hockey Tournament: Original 6 Team With The Best Goalies in the Past 20 Years

BM. (65-17-11) vs Dyhard (43-23-2)
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Stats/Records/Championships ONLY FROM THE LAST 20 YEARS are what counts! (92-93 to present

After much deliberation and consideration, I have decided to go with:

The Detroit Red Wings

Over those 20 years, the Red Wings participated in 6 Stanley Cups, and won 4 of them. Some of this success can be attributed to great play between the pipes for this team. Notable goalies and brief stats were:

1. Chris Osgood - Won two Stanley Cups in the 90's with a GAA of 2.21 and 2.30 for the season with a cumulative 2.34 including the playoffs. He went on to win another Stanley Cup with Detroit in the 07-08 season, posting a GAA of 2.09 in the regular season and 1.55 in the playoffs. He is 10th all-time in wins by a goaltender.

2. Dominic Hasek - Played two stints for the Red Wings, never having a GAA above 2.17. He won two Stanley Cups with the Wings, the first being 01-02 where he was the full season starter, and the second in 07-08 when he split time with Osgood.

3. Jimmy Howard - Starter for the last 3 years. 109 wins so far, with a cumulative 2.39 GAA over that stretch.

Out of room, good luck Dyhard!


I'm going to go with the Boston Bruins.

The three notable players they've had have been Tim Thomas, Bryon Dafoe and Tuukka Rask.

Tim Thomas from 2002-2012...

196-121-45
.921 save percentage
2.48 GAA
31 SO

Playoffs
29-21
.933 save percentage
2.07 GAA
6 SO

2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 NHL All-Star Games
2008-2010 Vezina winner
2008 William M Jennings trophy
2010 Conn Smythe Trophy
2008, 2010 NHL All-Star team first team
2011 Boston Bruins Champion -- 1.98 GAA, .940 save percentage in their playoff run. In 2008-09 playoffs, he had an amazing 1.85 GAA, .935 save percentage.

Bryon Dafoe from 1997-2002
2.29 GAA
132-104-40
.910 save percentage
25 SO

Playoffs
3 shutouts
.906 save percentage
2.28 GAA
1998 NHL All-Star Team second team

Tuukka Rask from 2007-2012
52-36-12
.926 save percentage
2.20 GAA
12 shutouts

Playoffs
.912 save percentage
.261 GAA

I would argue that Tim Thomas is the best goalie that has been mentioned by either your or me. Dafoe hasn't been bad either, but I do think that he is better than Jimmy Howard. I think the Bruins have had a better trio of goalies in the last 20 years than the Red Wings have. Good luck!


Let's get one thing straight right off the bat. Dominic Hasek is the best goalie mentioned by either of us, period, and it's not arguable. Thomas has only been a starter for 6 years. To say he is better than Hasek was is completely insane.

Thomas is better than the Red Wings current starter, Jimmy Howard. That's obvious, but that's where it stops as far as this argument goes. The Bruins have the better current goalies, but the Red Wings have a 20 year history of good goaltending. It's no secret that the Red Wings have been incredibly successful over the last 20 years, and that could have never happened if they didn't have consistently solid goaltending.

Over the years the Red Wings have had other solid goaltenders that I neglected to mention due to lack of space. Those goalies include Tim Cheveldae, Mike Vernon, and Manny Legace. They tend to always have a solid backup goalie waiting in the wings to relieve the starter or take over when an injury occurs.

So here's how I have it playing out:

Hasek > Thomas Dafoe Howard s not even counting Mike Vernon.

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February 5, 2013  10:45 AM ET

I'm not really sure who I would go with in this TD. The Wings had some solid goaltending, but so have the Habs, and the Rangers too had two pretty decent goalies too for a long span.

February 5, 2013  10:46 AM ET

As a Leafs fan, I was just thinking, when was the last time the Habs had bad goaltending? From Roy to Thibault, to Theodore, to Huet, to Price, to Halak, back to Price....I'm jealous!!!

Stupid Habs!

February 5, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Should be a good TD

February 5, 2013  05:29 PM ET

Left didn't pick my favorite player of all time! Auto vote right! lol ;-)

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February 5, 2013  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good luck!

thanks you too! I'll get an argument up tonight at some point when I actually sit down and research it

February 5, 2013  06:41 PM ET

I'll vote for you Dyhard, if you pick: Pogge, Reimer and Monster.
Argos will vote for you if you do anything Leafs related.

February 5, 2013  08:43 PM ET

i dunno if i can say the wings had the "best" goalies. their d core was pretty dang good. it always seemed that people said they won in spite of weaker tending.

February 6, 2013  12:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

i dunno if i can say the wings had the "best" goalies. their d core was pretty dang good. it always seemed that people said they won in spite of weaker tending.

Hasek is arguably the best goalie of all time. (I don't personally have him at #1 but I've seen good cases made).

February 6, 2013  01:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hasek is arguably the best goalie of all time. (I don't personally have him at #1 but I've seen good cases made).

NO way, Johnny Bower was the greatest goalie of all time, and hockey has been going downhill since the expansion

February 6, 2013  01:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hasek is arguably the best goalie of all time. (I don't personally have him at #1 but I've seen good cases made).

but when he was with the wings? that's what i was getting at.

February 6, 2013  08:24 AM ET

I think Montreal is better than both picks. They had more than just three, and have had good goaltending for just about every year for the last 20. Neither Detroit nor Boston can say that.

February 6, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think Montreal is better than both picks. They had more than just three, and have had good goaltending for just about every year for the last 20. Neither Detroit nor Boston can say that.

Patrick Roy is one of the best all-time and won a Cup and Conn Smythe in the last 20 years with the Habs.
Thibault was surprisingly good after Roy left and was one of the better goalies in the league while he was in Montreal.
Theodore was absolutely amazing, especially the year he won the Hart.
Huet in his time had the leagues best SV% and put back to back terrific years together.
Halak was terrific in Montreal putting up some of the league's best SV% while there, and had that magical playoff run.
Price is Price. One of the best in the game, if not the best goalie right now.

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