These guys can all be listed as 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e respectively (and then include Tretiak and Hasek) so it's really splitting hairs in some instances for what you like or do not like. I never got to watch the top-3 play live, I've viewed several old tapes but that still does not help legitimize my opinion, obviously.
I spoke with Glenn Hall a few years ago, and I asked him who he thought was the greatest goaltender... believe he said Plante.
Here is a piece from an on-line article on Glenn Hall:
"Hockey Pictorial magazine interviewed Hall for their March, 1962 issue and asked him to pick an all-time All-Star team from the players he played against in his first 500 games. He chose:
G- J. Plante, MTL
D- D. Harvey, MTL
D- B. Gadsby, NYR
L - D. Moore, MTL
C- J. Beliveau, MTL
R - G. Howe, DET; M. Richard, MTL; B. Geoffrion, MTL. "
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Like TheDevilMadeMe, I'm curious as to why Hasek was left out of the poll, since his inclusion would give us the (almost unanimous) six greatest goalies of all time. But for the sake of the OP, I'll exclude Hasek. My order of these 5 (or 6 with Dom) switches almost on a weekly basis, based on the most recent arguments I've heard...just another testament to how close these guys are to each other, and how they all were able to establish themselves as far greater than their peers.
For now, this is my order. Ask me in a week, and it will probably be different:
(Hasek is my number 1 or 2, I've recently been flip flopping between him and Roy)
I dont like mixed list of the best goaltenders.
I didn't watch them.
I watch them all.
You probably could create any list of them and you would be right.
Hit the nail on the head right there. You could pretty much provide a legitimate argument for any of these guys as the greatest ever, depending on how you weight things like peak vs. prime vs. longevity/consistency, regular season vs. playoffs. etc.
The only player here that might have a tough time being argued as the greatest ever is Hall, because I feel like the vast majority of people view Plante and Sawchuk as slightly ahead of him...maybe I'm wrong though.