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11-12-2012, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Nalyd Psycho View Post
Aren't you punishing them for something that is 100% out of their control?

Isn't that the same as saying Loungo is better than Plante because he has access to new training and equipment?
No, defining their era. Pre forward pass made their job that much easier. Evidenced by the 1928-29 vs 1929-30 stats of goalies that straddled the two eras. Pre forward pass goalies did not have to face a lot of the strategies that later goalies did. Screens and offensive deflections, defending against lead forwards without the puck, etc.

Rules influence the demands on goalies. Using the Luongo/Plante analogy, Plante is vastly superior because the 2005-06 rule changes showed that Luongo has problems with lateral mobility and east/west movement, something that Plante was excellent at.

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