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11-15-2012, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Taco MacArthur View Post
I'm still a huge Bower fan - I had him highly rated last round.

Can someone show me the error of my ways?
Just like Esposito, I compare Bower to Belfour. I see each of Bower and Belfour as the clear 4th best goalie of his generation. But Belfour has a significantly longer career with significantly more All Star consideration, against what I think is better competition (Sawchuk and Plante were both past their primes when Bower was in his and neither was a threat for the All Star teams most seasons). Bower was stuck in a platoon situation in Toronto, which hurt him in the All Star Teams, but how much? Bower was fantastic in the playoffs, but Belfour was fantastic too.

I'm entering this round thinking that Belfour's regular season advantage over Bower is larger than any playoff advantage that Bower might have over Belfour.

Keep in mind, however, I've always been part of the "Bower is probably overrated by hfboards" line of thought, so take my opinion accordingly.

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