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01-19-2013, 09:23 AM
Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
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.
Going 12-1 with a 2.23 GAA in 1970 Cup winning season probably gets some Smythe support. Tough to win it though with Bobby Orr on your team.

And who exactly were the teams that were not dominated by the 1970s Canadiens in the playoffs?

Again, Cheevers playoff record was 53-34, 19 losses to Canadiens teams that won the Cup, most against the dynasty teams of the late 70s. Also lost 4 games to the dynasty Islanders in 1980 when he was 39.

Should also get some credit for playing extremely well against the Soviets for the WHA in their series in 1974, clearly playing better than Dryden Or Espo in 1972.

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