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11-18-2009, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by claude boivin lives View Post
I knew this point would be brought up. It's nice that you think that, but there's no reason to believe it. Brodeur always plays 70+ games in the regular season, including the Stanley Cup winning years of '00 and '03.
Which in no way proves that by playing him so much the Devils haven't cost themselves other playoff runs due to having a worn out goaltender. For a guy that is as good as he has been, his play has absolutely cratered at the end of the year with some regularity, especially recently.

I think the 70+ game philosophy for a starting goaltender is extremely faulty. I think it's dangerous in that it leads to having an ill-prepared backup should he be called upon, and it puts unnecessary shortsighted pressure on your primary starter.

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