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10-12-2012, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post

The thing about playing more games may not even be valid. Do we even know that there is a threshold of games played that for some reason only Brodeur's legendary endurance has been able to breach? Or does his team have something figured out that other teams haven't? (certainly they have the part about not taking penalties figured out)
Tarheel showed in the preliminary discussion thread that the same goalies tended to consistently led the NHL in games played, regardless of quality of backup and through several coaching changes. I think that's pretty strong evidence that goalie durability is a "skill."

Originally Posted by steve141 View Post
Is it correct to say that the All Star selections are the closest thing to the modern Vezina trophy for the pre-1982 period? This table would be a strong argument for Glenn Hall in that case.

Have we done any comprehensive retro-Vezina study for the period when the Vezina was awarded to the goalie with lowest GAA?
1st Team All Star = Vezina before 1982. They don't always go to the same goalie (in 2008, the writers picked Nabokov and the GMs picked Brodeur), but they usually do.

Edit: Though TCG has a great point, that you need to take the AS voting with a grain of salt, as from 1935-1957, the 1st Team AS always led the league in GAA.

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