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Turk Says Dryden’s Overrated



In Derek Sanderson’s 2012 book “Crossing The Line” that I got at the St. Hubert Library, he says Ken Dryden was overrated, which we’ve all heard from time to time. At least I have.

Sanderson talked about how the Bruins were the better team against Montreal in 1971, but they shot themselves in the foot. Boston didn’t take the Canadiens seriously. He didn’t really talk about Dryden’s accomplishments, he only mentioned that the young goalie had arrived on the scene, had only six games under his belt before the playoffs began, and proceeded to somehow get his body in the way.

He sort of mentioned that the Habs eliminated Boston, but he didn’t go near the Habs winning the Cup after beating Chicago in the finals, and Dryden being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. We wouldn’t expect him to. The book’s not about the Habs.

When you put it all together though, it’s a magical piece of hockey lore. Maybe not so much for Bruins fans I guess. They probably hate the story.

Turk Sanderson says this: “Dryden was highly overrated, in my opinion, but he was the first big goaltender. He covered the top of the net so well, and when he dropped and spread, he covered a lot of ground in the bottom part. You’d turn to shoot, and he would have that area covered because of his size. It took us a while to get used to that. It created problems we had never seen before.”

Sanderson goes on to say, “Dryden didn’t provide the stellar goaltending everybody continues to talk about. You could score on Dryden. He wasn’t that good; he was just different.”

Sanderson is saying that Dryden wasn’t a good goalie, he was just a big goalie. But Sanderson was a Bruin for many of the years when they played against each, and he might still have Habs/Bruins issues.

Dryden was in goal for game 8 when it was for all the marbles so Harry Sinden must not have thought he was overrated. And Sinden coached Sanderson. Dryden also collected 6 Stanley Cups during those days, but maybe a much lesser goalie might have too considering the team up front with Lafleur, Robinson, Lemaire et al.

Like I said, I’ve heard various people say over the years that Dryden was overrated but I tend to not think much about it. I just wonder if there are many other players who played against him, like Sanderson did, who also feel he was overrated. And if lots do, does that mean he was?

As an aside, Sanderson also says Cam Neely was the greatest right winger to ever play the game.


Dryden’s always had a bit of a reputation for not being overly-enthusiastic about signing autographs, and here’s a great exampleWindsor Star.

A Cournoyer Goal Puck – Only Weeks After The Summit Series. Anything To Take Your Mind Off The Washington Game.

 Oh, were you thinking you were going to read about the Canadiens loss to the Washington Capitals tonight? Forget it. I’m not going to bother. It’s too disappointing after their big win in Detroit. So I’m moving on.

This post is about a puck instead.

 I never caught a foul ball or home run at a ball game, or grabbed a flying puck in the stands. Although a ball did hit my seat at Shea Stadium when I was out getting a beer and hot dog (seriously), and I did take a puck in the mouth which broke a tooth when I was kid up at the arena in Orillia.

 I did manage to get this though, some time ago. It’s an official goal puck scored by Yvan Cournoyer in 1972. The NHL issued a few goal pucks for about a year, then the idea fizzled out.

 This one reads:


Collectors Series

Yvan Cournoyer

of the Montreal Canadiens

Scored an official National Hockey League goal

With the puck mounted above.

This goal, his 5th of the season,

was scored against the


Date – Oct. 26, 1972

Period – 2nd

Time – 3.38