This is Jacques Plante in the uniform of the 1974-75 Edmonton Oilers (WHA). As we roll farther along in goalie analysis (btw, Tyler Dellow from MC79 has written the best goalie information I’ve ever read. Very concise, elevates SP to its rightful place, and takes an extremely fair-minded view that avoids bias. Very worthwhile information) I suspect Plante will be one of maybe three goalies identified as being the best of all-time (Hasek, Hall). We’ll see.
Anyway, when the Blues came into the NHL, Scotty Bowman and Lynn Patrick liked old goalies. For their first team they talked Glenn Hall out of painting his barn all winter and grabbed Canadian Olympian Seth Martin for a quality tandem.
Then they went older, getting Plante who was 40. And Plante ripped up the league! By 70-71, his SP for Toronto (.942) towered over Cheevers, Esposito, Parent.
St. Louis has always been one of my favorite teams, and it’s good they are on the comeback trail now. I’m hopeful the Oilers can win tonight, as it seems they deserved better from the game against the Blues at home last week.
Mathieu Roy may or may not get picked up on waivers this morning. It would be a good story if he found another NHL home and had a quality career. That’s something we’re going to see more often now, as the Oilers procurement department has done such a fine job that tough desicions await management come summertime.
Last night, we watched former Oiler pick Brad Winchester skate for the Dallas Stars. By this time next season, don’t be surprised if JF Jacques or Marc Pouliot is doing the same for another NHL team.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mathieu Roy was claimed today. There’s always a shortage of defensmen who can play.