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06-16-2011, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by KingWantsCup View Post
He's 29, which in goalie years is still pretty young. We all know he's in his prime though and some of us may be a bit worried that this team will miss the boat for Lundqvist's elite level of play. But how long does a prime last for a goalie? I mean look at Tim Thomas. This guy is 37 years old, is about to win his second Vezina in three years, won the Conn Smythe, and won the cup. This begs the question, do you think Lundqvist at 37 will keep up his current level of play, or at least play somewhere near it? Is Thomas just a freak of nature? Do we have more shots with Hank than we think?
Tim Thomas didn't become an NHL regular until he was in his 30s. He never plays more than 50-60 games a season.

Lundqvist has been playing 70 games a season in the NHL since he was 23, not to mention in the 2nd best league in the world for a few years before that. He's also played in more international competition than Thomas, since he's been one of his country's best his whole career, and Thomas...hasn't.

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