Matthew Onstad, Valencia, Calif.
Curtis Joseph is set to announce his retirement Tuesday. While he is one of my favorite goalies to watch ever, I can’t help but wonder where his place is history will lie.
He never won a Cup, nor an individual award, but he was always regarded as one of the best.
Even in an era that sported Patrick Roy, Grant Fuhr, Ed Belfour, Dominik Hasek and Martin Brodeur, Joseph’s name was always amongst the top.
He proved to be far more durable than Mike Richter, just as flashy as Hasek and better over the long run than more decorated counterparts like Tom Barrasso, John Vanbiesbrouck, Ron Hextall and Olie Kolzig, yet I am not sure he’s Hall worthy.
The only time he was on a team that “should’ve gone all the way” was the post-Hasek Detroit Red Wings and he lost only because J-S Giguere stood one his head.
Is it fair to keep him out when players with shorter careers will get in based on talent, even though they comparatively did far less then Cajon?
Players like Pavel Bure, Cam Neely and Pat Lafontaine were tremendously talented, but so was Joseph. All are Hall worthy based on talent alone, so is it fair to exclude Joseph and include them?
I am not sure, but only time will tell.