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07-16-2012, 04:15 AM
Billy Mays Here
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Originally Posted by TaLoN View Post
Not sure why... Niemi is a games played machine and does very well... and Brodeur just took his team to the finals... played damn well the whole way too. When was the last time Backstrom even came close to a playoff series win?
When the hell was the last time Backstrom was in the playoffs? He doesn't get anywhere near the chances that most of those other goalies do.

Backs puts up solid numbers with a mediocre defense in front of him. If Backstrom played for Tippett or Hitchcock, I guarantee everyone would have him in their top 10 for NHL goalies. Let's see what a Howard or a Smith would've done with the Wild playing in front of him. A lot of those goalies, especially guys like Fleury and Elliott, are nothing more than a product of the team in front of them.

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