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11-12-2012, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Defensive tactics are a function of the rules. Vezina adapted fairly well to the flopping that Benedict initiated so they may be viewed as a wash thru their era in this regard.
Defensive tactics are also a function of evolution over time. It is clear that starting around 1924, goals started rapidly declining. Defensive tactics adapted, largely because of Pete Green's systems being adopted by opposing teams. And as we see in the modern era, as defense outweighs offense, it begins to outweigh it intensely because teams become afraid to make mistakes. So by 1929, when the lowest GAA dipped below 1.0, it became clear that changes needed to be made to break down defenses.

But the rule changes had no bearing on which players were the best. Even playmakers were uneffected. (Frank Boucher was the best playmaker in the NHL in the late 20's and early 30's.)

Rule changes change how the game is played, but they have very little effect on who is the best.

Would Vezina and Benedict have had to change how they played to play today? Of course. Same as Sawchuk or Durnan. But arbitrarily picking rule changes to punish players for the happenstance of being born before them is just as absurd as saying that Turk Broda would not be able to play well with larger and lighter pads.

Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Why was he superior? What allowed Gardiner to adapt better - mobility, which led Dick Irvin Sr to compare him to post Red Line Goalies.
He didn't adapt better. He was better. He would have been better without the rule changes too. It's simply a case of a young goalie achieving his potential. Rule changes have no bearing.

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