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11-06-2012, 02:34 AM
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In the top-10 goalies by save percentage, exactly one (Miikka Kiprusoff) out of the ten (Elliott, Schneider, Lundqvist, Smith, Quick, Halak, Rinne, Lehtonen, Kipper, Howard) was 35 or older (Kipper was 35). Of the top-30 forwards by points, 5 of them (Elias, Whitney, St. Louis, Iginla, Selanne) were 35+. Of top-30 forwards by points, 18 of them are 29 or older. Of the top-10 goaltenders by save percentage, 2 were 29 or older.
I think you're confusing the fact that goaltenders peak later than forwards with the idea that goaltenders keep up a high level of play to an older age than forwards do. Plenty of old goaltenders are in the league as average backups. But do you really want 37 year old Luongo as a $5.5M backup?
I don't want to get into a pissing match, you're right, but I also want to clear up that misconception.
2 of your 10 goalies weren't starters, and there are 12 times as many forwards on a team vs. starting goalies, and save percentage has problems if it's the only stat we're looking at. In order to avoid the pissing match, let's just say we both value our guy more, and leave it at that.
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