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11-09-2012, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by RaySheppard View Post
'93 and '94 were painful to be sure..but they were first round exits. Osgood wasn't ready in '94. Bryan Murray was an idiot for obvious reasons.
The Cheveldae trade was a stupid deal. Chevy and Essensa were both inconsistent goalies potentially capable of playing at a high level. The deal was ultimately Drake for Bautin... which is completely dumb. But Cheveldae couldn't stay; Bowman wanted a veteran goalie and Osgood had made it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the starter ahead of Cheveldae. So it had to be a *new* veteran goalie.

Originally Posted by Sadekuuro View Post
Incidentally, I also believe you are wrong. Osgood in '94 wasn't ready to carry the Wings deep enough (and if memory serves, he did play most of that series anyway), and you clearly don't remember Patrick Roy's lights out performance against the Wings in '99. Yes, Ranford was awful in Games 3 and 4, but Detroit dominated for long stretches of that series and got shut down anyway. So aggravating.
In 1994, Fedorov would have only needed another long round, maybe two short (he had 8 in 7gp, playing with a concussion) and Osgood posted a 2.35 GAA (fifth-best of all goalies in the playoffs) compared to Essensa's 4.95 (third-worst), with Osgood's .891 being significantly better than Essensa's .791.

In 1999, Osgood again posted a 2.35 GAA (8th of all goalies with 60+ mins) and a .919 (9th of goalies 60+ mins). Roy posted a .920 (8th) and 2.66 (13th). Ranford posted .905 (13th) and 3.28 (17th).

So yes, having Osgood in net would have made a significant difference in both cases. Having Osgood in 1999 puts the Wings in threepeat territory.

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