This is why Wings fans are so spoiled: You could make a Mt. Rushmore for Detroit just of players who got a cup of coffee with the Wings, or played in their later days, but were legendary players:
I agree with the original poster's selections, which I think were Howe, Yzerman, Lidstrom, and Lindsay. Sawchuk is tempting, but I have trouble elevating Original Six goaltenders from that era to any kind of pedastal because it was such a different game back then and they were tied to great teams for long periods of time. So it's kind of the Osgood problem - if scoring increases in the league someday, people will look back at what Osgood did and it will have to be explained to them why he isn't as good as the numbers and accomplishments make it look. He played on a great team right in the middle of the dead puck era.
Every goalie that won multiple Cups played on loaded teams. Especially goalies that have four or five Cups to their name. I don't think you can discredit original 6 goalies like Sawchuk or Plante for playing with Hall of Famers. Then you have to discredit Brodeur, Dryden, Roy, Fuhr, Smith, etc. for the same reasons. They all played for great teams.
Patrick Roy probably comes the closest to carrying teams, since the two Canadiens' teams he won Cups with weren't the best teams in the league that year (although good teams nonetheless).
Hasek was as good, if not better than anyone, and even he couldn't win a Cup until he joined the 2002 Red Wings roster.
Edited by GMRwings1983, 24 July 2013 - 06:58 PM.
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