Mike Kern at XM Radio NHL Home Ice gives his Top 30 goaltenders since 1940 and you won't believe who he has ranked ahead of Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter. Or maybe by reading the title of this post you can...
TOP THIRTY N.H.L. GOALTENDERS OF ALL-TIME - Since 1940
1. Martin Brodeur 2. Jacques Plante 3. Glenn Hall 4. Patrick Roy 5. Dominik Hasek 6. Terry Sawchuk 7. Bernie Parent 8. Billy Smith 9. Ken Dryden 10. Ed Belfour 11. Bill Durnan 12. Grant Fuhr 13. Tony Esposito 14. Johnny Bower 15. Gerry Cheevers 16. Gump Worsley 17. Rogie Vachon 18. Tom Barrasso 19. Frank Brimsek 20. Andy Moog 21. Mike Vernon 22. Turk Broda 23. Chris Osgood 24. Ed Giacomin 25. Chuck Rayner 26. Mike Richter 27. Roberto Luongo 28. Ron Hextall 29. Roger Crozier 30. Harry Lumley
...i know as Rangers fans we're going to be impartial to our guys. But c'mon, you're going to tell me that Barrasso, Moog, Vernon and Osgood were/are better than Richter. I could even give you a great argument that Richter was better than Belfour.
...too much hardware for Brodeur, Roy, Hasek, Smith and Fuhr to argue against them.
...i didn't put Giacomin in there because its almost impossible to compare goaltenders in the pre-facemask era to those of today. Two completely different animals.