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12-07-2012, 07:59 PM
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Gump Worsley

Originally Posted by Bring Back Scuderi View Post
Worsley is a real wildcard here for me, I was much more confident in my ranking of him coming into this project than I am now. If he never gets swapped for Plante would his Rangers career have been better than Rayner's? Two 3rd-Team spots are nice, but he wasn't going to take them to the finals and didn't garner the same award consideration.

Worsley actually got sent to the AHL following his trade to Montreal and Charlie Hodge was chosen as the Habs starter (This seemed to matter for other goalies). Worsley then rebounded obviously and earned a First and Second Team All-star spots, but in that time Hodge earned two Second Team placements himself. This looks awfully similar to Smith/Resch concerns, minus the playoffs where Smith did less platooning than Worsley.

That said we only leave two off this round and Giacomin looks good for one of those spots so Worsley will make my top 8.

Bolded is simply false.

1963 after the trade, Worsley won the #1 goalie position with the Canadiens. Charlie Hodge was sent to the Quebec Aces of the AHL.

In the 8th game of the season in Toronto, Worsley suffered a serious hamstring pull and was lost for app 6 weeks. Second hamstring injury in three seasons. Conditioning was always an issue for Gump Worsley.

Once the injury healed, Worsley had problems with conditioning and lateral movement. He was sent to Quebec to play himself into shape and regain the lateral mobility.

see the injuries paragraph below:

Took well into the 1964-65 season before Worsley was back in NHL game shape.

Another issue with Worsley was his aversion to flying.

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