While it's true that the Devils have played great defense over the years I think Mr. B. has done his share as well. He's also got some time left to play and he's going to push the wins and shutout records pretty far out there. They won't be broken again soon.
Hey Rick, that is the same argument they had for Dryden all these years and the 72 Canada/Russia series proved the sceptics right.
Tony Esposito was the best goalie of that era but Terry Sawchuck by far is the best all time goalie.
brodeur is a great goalie but i still think terry sawchuk was the greatest goalie of all time. he played with pain a lot of his career and with no mask most of his career.he still managed to keep a great goals against average when he played with the boston bruins who were one of the worst teams at the time he played for them.to bad sawchuk died young while still with the rangers,it seems like the greatest players of all time are always cut short from a longer career like sawchuk and bobby orr!
congrats to marty though,he is a great goalie as well.
That is a great comment! Who on this forum has seen Sawchuk play? Probably very few and it would have been at the end of his career! My opinion is that you cannot compare goalies from different era's! Equipment different, players abilities different, harder shots. Almost every player today can take a wrist shot harder than any of the old timers could ever dream. They are all great within their own era but it is almost impossible to compare them based on numbers.
I agree with Rob. It would be extremely difficult to compare goalies from different eras. There were times when forward passes weren't allowed and goalies couldn't leave their feet. Could Georges Vezina or Hainsworth make it in today's game, no one really knows. But it is quite amazing for Brodeur to be as consistent as he has been for as long as he has been. I think the Devils' defense has helped him in his quest, but the fact that he understands the game so well and knows where to put rebounds, etc. has also limited the amount of quality chances he sees game in and game out. I look forward to watching him play for a few more years and setting some untouchable records.
Dan, just one comment about Sawchuk's career being cut short. I really don't know how much longer he would have played. He spent 21 years in the NHL and in his final two he only played in 21 total games. He had a much longer career than most players have in the history of the NHL.
I have seen very little of Brodeur's play only know of his accomplishments from print and in highlights.. I have seen very little of Sawchuck (tuned in during the 1966 season at age 7)only know of his accomplishments through print and highlights. I do remember that anthem way back then "There will never be another Terry Sawchuck" and from the limited live footage and highlight reels I have seen, what I have read, and the interviews of most players of the era. I still agree with that long standing statement