Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:32 AM
Brodeur is/was not as good as Roy and Hasek. I can live with it. You have to be a great player to even be in that conversation.
He and Scott Stevens are the most important players in the history of a franchise that won three championships with them as leaders. 1 and 1a.
The Conn Smythe and Hart ... eh, it's peripheral to me.
It depends on what you mean by "is/was not as good as"
In terms of pure puck-stopping, no one was good as Hasek...he was absurdly good.
In terms of pure "clutchness", I'd have to give the edge to Roy, especially in the playoffs.
Brodeur is probably the best all-arounder, in terms of durability, puck-handling skills, etc. And he was able to perform at a high level for almost every season he played in. I'd have to give a slight edge to both Hasek and Roy, but we're splitting hairs here.
But to stay on topic, I don't feel like Brodeur's been screwed at all...he has multiple Vezinas, so it's not like his greatness has been ignored.
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