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06-11-2011, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by DutchShamrock View Post
If anything, this is the first time in a while that a top level goalie will hoist the cup in a long time. For the last 6 years mid level/flash in the pan goalies have been the standard. It was a little worrisome for the Rangers to see teams win by investing their cap in scoring and an elite defensive pairing. This final looks like the pre-lockout matchups of Roy, Brodeur and Hasek types. It used to be a rule that you couldn't contend for a cup without a top 5 goalie. It's a copy cat league so I guess it's good to know that we may be ahead of the curve.
Giguere, Fleury and Ward were not mid-level goalies. Maybe not consistently elite like the older guys you mentioned, but they are top goalies in a given year and were in the years they won the Cup. Osgood often played like an elite goalie in the playoffs and did in 08. Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the world because he's consistent, not because he's a fundamentally better goalie than most of the guys who have won the Cup since the lockout.

I get your point, that none of these guys are really top-5 goalies. But people constantly claim that they're mid-level and they aren't. Last year was an aberration, not a continuation of a trend.

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