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11-12-2012, 09:41 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.
That's a false comparison. Defensive tactics in the 1910's were very different than the late 20's. It was a lot harder for goaltenders in that era. In Vezina's case, he never really played in the dead puck era. No matter how you slice it, you are punishing them for things that were completely out of their control and have nothing to do with their performance.

Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Why was Charlie Gardiner suddenly the best? Mobility, which is why he was compared to the likes of Bill Durnan and later goalies.
Because he turned 25 that season. He was a rising start who ascended to the top of the pile the year after the rule change. That's why he is viewed as better than Worters and Hainsworth. Gardiner didn't become better because of rule changes, he became better because he was a superior player.

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