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11-13-2012, 08:50 PM
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Mike Farkas
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Turk Broda did not have to be managed during the regular season like Fuhr or Smith so that he would be playoff ready
This is more valuable than meets-the-eye, I think Broda was a hefty step up on Fuhr and Smith. Fuhr - even when adjusting for the teams that he played for - doesn't have a strong regular season showing. Never top-5 in save pct., once top-5 in GAA, scant top-10 performances. I mean, it wasn't exactly pretty. He's going to get by on playoffs, and that's for another time. Billy Smith only played more games than his backup(s) three times in his entire career...Smith is all playoffs.

Broda for me is second behind a top-10 of all-time in his era. Smith played fewer games than Rollie Melanson sometimes...it's no contest this minute...until we break it down when Smith and Fuhr are actually eligible, that's how it shall remain I do believe.

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