i agree. its not impossible to break per say, but i need 2 see someone get close before believing it. at this point no one is even on track to get to 600 let alone 700. not even hank
MAF is actually on about the same pace that Marty was at this point in his career, though slightly behind. MAF will be 30 years old on 11/28 this season, and could have his 300th win by then (he currently has 288 in 531 GP). By comparison, Marty won his 300th in his 548th game played (third-fewest number of games to hit that milestone at that time, behind Jacques Plante and Andy Moog), and was about 4.5 months shy of his 30th birthday when he did it.
Of course, I don't make a whole lot out of the above...for one, he's not even halfway to Marty's win total, and for another MAF could find himself on a new team as soon as next season that isn't as good as the Penguins, he could get injured, he's never started more than 66 games in a season (by comparison, Marty started 70+ 11 times). No one started more than 64 last season, and if you check out the number of goalies that consistently started 70+ games per season, Mikka Kiprusoff was the only recent one besides Marty to get a consistent 70+ game workload (6 straight seasons of 71+ starts). You see other guys getting 70+ here and there, some for a few seasons, but nothing approaching Marty's workload...there's a reason why he has SO many more games played than everyone else.
Basically, what was the norm for Marty (70+ starts for just about every season of his prime, with almost no long-term injuries) has very much become the exception for everyone else (and except for Kiprusoff, it pretty much always was the exception for everyone else...Hasek started 70+ in a season once, and Roy never did it). No one starting more than 64 games last season could be an indication of where the league is headed...the guy who starts 70+ games could soon be a relic, which makes winning 40+ games year in and year out harder; that being said, it won't surprise me much if the Devils give Cory a shot to be a Marty-like exception and made him a consistent 70+ guy if he shows he can handle it without ill-effects.
Anyway, all of the above is basically a way of saying that Marty's win record is about as close as impossible to break as it gets, especially with the chance very likely being out of the goaltenders' hands (if their coaches all lean towards 65 GP or less, what can the goalies possibly do about it?).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 18 July 2014 - 06:33 AM.