It’s time to give the goalies some love. We already posted our Red Wing of the Day (#RWOTD) on Twitter this morning to feature Chris Osgood, but the tenders need more love than that. The Red Wings have been lucky to have a collection of great goalies in their history. Terry Sawchuk, Roger Crozier, Dominik Hasek, and Osgood have all starred in net for the Wings.
Jimmy Howard is the newest addition to Red Wings goalies trying to bring the Cup back to Hockeytown. Some have been successful. Others, like Jimmy, have not. In hopes to provide Jim with some luck starting Friday, let’s take a look at Detroit’s Top 9 wins leaders.
I have often thought of who would be selected for an all-time greatest Red Wings team. This would be a team that would combine the greatest players from today, my childhood, my dad’s childhood, and even when his dad was growing up. Imagine Steve Yzerman skating the puck into the offensive zone, walking around a defenseman, and dishing the puck off to Gordie Howe, who one-times it into the back of the net. What if Bob Probert was called for a roughing penalty and Kris Draper and Ted Lindsay were sent out as the forwards of the penalty kill with Nicklas Lidstrom and Marcel Pronovost on defense?
I have always known who I would select for my all-time greatest team. In Fall of 2012, Eklund, over at Hockeybuzz, put together a content strategy that had his blog readers vote on the members of each teams’ all-time greatest team. They would compete in simulated games on NHL 2013 after each player would uploaded with the appropriate ratings to create a buzz during the lockout. Detroit’s roster had all of the obvious choices – guys like Yzerman, Howe, Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, and Terry Sawchuk, plus a few questionable choices.
Take a look at my team, the Hockeybuzz team, and a team composed of the top scorers by position and decide who you think best exemplifies the Red Wings’ all-time best.