The Detroit Red Wings are one of the more successful franchises in sports history. They are third in all-time Stanley Cups and first among teams from the United States. Their rosters show a who’s who of hockey royalty and have made their marks all over the record books.
Howe, Abel, Yzerman and Fedorov are just some of the names of the great skaters the franchise has had. But for all of their success, their depth at goalie has not been as deep.
It’s not the Wings have had bad goalies, it shows more to the fact that they spent nearly four decades with Jack Adams at the helm. He was known for trading players often and for any reason. Maybe he saw the next great player, maybe he was just mad at a player—regardless, many goalies didn’t last long with Adams in town.
The top three goalies are secure in their place in team’s history. After that, the debate rages. The emergence of Jimmy Howard as a top-notch goalie has him crashing the all-time list in only his third full season. If he continues his great play through the remainder of the season, will it be time to move him even higher on the list?