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01-18-2013, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Well, that's true, but while starring in the WHA it was generally accepted he was capable of being a very good NHL goaltender.

This just makes it even more confusing, to be honest. I don't think I'd have ever thought Cheevers was a top-6 goalie either, if I was watching in the 70s. Draw a comparison.... was he the OSGOOD of the 70s??

At the same time, it's hard to disregard that some high up people in the hockey world saw his whole career and called him a HHOFer.
Let's approach this by eliminating the tofu.

Al Rollins during his NHL career showed in the O6 era he could be part of a successful tandem as well as an elite #1 goalie capable of playing a full season.Played a full 70 game season three times.

Gerry Cheevers in the NHL/WHA played a career high of 59 WHA games, once, never topping 52 games otherwise, usually in the 40-49 game range. So without touching the talent question it is fairly obvious that at best he was the lead goalie in a tandem.

Chris Osgood. Without touching the talent question, fact remains that Osgood played 60 plus games during four NHL seasons. He won 401 NHL games or almost as many as Cheevers played. Osgood also a few SCs to his credit - 3 which puts him in between Cheevers and Worsley.

Two comments.

Rollins gets shorted because he could not hang-on as a tandem goalie for 11 seasons like Worsley did. Effectively this is how Worsley gets credit for 4 SCs even though in those eleven seasons he barely averaged over 25 games per season.

Cheevers gets the benefit of a "money goalie" perception without any Conn Smythe support and a blind eye to the fact he was dominated by the Canadiens when it mattered. Will grant that Cheevers was the best technical goalie of the goalies discussed in this post.

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