Yea but we were reaaally close here. Most of us thought he was going to retire in the offseason, I get that he still wanted to see if he had anything left but it was still disappointing when you consider the end result.
If Marty played 2-3 more seasons, even as a back up somewhere I think he belongs on that list. How many greats go out playing 7 games for another team?
Hull and Orr in hockey did. Ruth barely played with the Braves. Mike Modano missed half the season he played with the Red Wings.
Has any goalie in the modern era (1970-) stayed with one team and had a Hall of Fame career? I guess Dryden did, but he had a very short career. Roy didn't. Hasek didn't. Belfour didn't. Joseph didn't. Luongo didn't. It's REALLY really hard to stay with one team as a goalie because there will usually come a time in a goalie's career where he thinks he is still a starter and his team doesn't think that. Even guys who weren't HOF level but who stayed in the same place for forever like Turco and Kolzig had their moment in their career where they felt this. If Lundqvist retires at say, 36, I bet he stays the whole time with the Rangers. If he retires at 40, I bet he doesn't.