Round 2, Vote 8 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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01-05-2013, 02:38 PM
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Giacomin will most likely be in my top 4 this time.
Of interest, though, is that Cheevers went into the HOF 2 years before Giacomin even though he retired 2 years after Giacomin and was a WHA defector. Clearly Cheevers was highly regarded at the time.
The only mention I've heard of Cheevers in the last 2 rounds here is how he doesn't belong yet.
Even though in the '74 series, Soviets vs. WHA, several Russian players stated he was the best goalie they had ever faced.
He really was a big game player. His only great stats are wins/loss. But much like Fuhr's Oilers, the Bruins didn't mind hanging Cheevers out to dry a few times in order to get more scoring chances.
Gerry Cheevers has Billy Smith type regular season GP numbers in the NHL without the dynasty team playoff performance.
Major difference is that in the first four post expansion seasons Giacomin had relatively long and impressive regular seasons compared to Cheevers. Neither stood out in the playoffs with Giacomin having a few disasters.
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