NBC Sports: Is Quick now the best goalie in the NHL?
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10-24-2011, 02:35 PM
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Who is "elite" is an argument that it seems no one can ever win. Everyone's definition of "elite" is different, and everyone has different rules about who qualifies.
First off, you have to look at the defense in front of a goaltender. Rinne, for example, as Shellz mentioned has benefited vastly from Nashville's high-quality defense. Numerous previous Nashville goaltenders also got big boosts with that Predators defense in front of them: Mike Dunham, Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason, Dan Ellis all saw their careers go on the rise (and in most cases, peak) in a Predators uniform.
All that being said, when the guy in the article names Luongo, Lundquist, Thomas, Rinne and Price and doesn't name Ryan Miller, I have to discount his argument.
IMHO Ryan Miller is the world's best goaltender, in terms of the combination of preparation, mental approach, technical ability and number of years at the top of his profession.
Quick is obviously rising fast up the charts. We know how athletic JQ is, now he is even more technically sound than he used to be, and he is really dialed in mentally right now.
No doubt also, the Kings defensively are playing excellent in front of him.
The one argument that I would ultimately make about who should be considered great vs who is not great involves doing it over many seasons.
Let's see Rinne, Price, & Quick build up a bit more of a legacy before we turn them into "greats".
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