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11-12-2012, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
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.
I really don't see the forward pass as much of an issue because basically, the same goalies were dominant both before and after the forward pass was allowed.

Late 1920s (before the forward pass): Worters was the best, followed by Hainsworth, Connell, Benedict, and Thompson in some order. Gardiner was starting to really get noticed.

Early 1930s (after the forward pass): Gardiner was the best, followed by Hainsworth, Worters, Thompson, and Connell in some order.

John Ross Roach had great years both before and after the forward pass.

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