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11-17-2012, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
I can give Belfour a pass for being outplayed by Turco, seeing as Turco went on to a long and successful career as a starter.

Hackett was pretty good for a while IIRC. One of those guys who you couldn't figure out how he didn't end up a starter. Then he flamed out for reasons I honestly never followed... was he just not really that good, or was there something else?

Anyway, Hackett was more than a backup at that point. He was definitely starter-quality for a while.
I, too, remember thinking Hackett was starter quality for a while. He seemed to be able to post high personal numbers in a backup situation but couldn't maintain them when he was getting more starts.

I'd hesitate to say for sure that he or Turco was actually "outplaying" Belfour, once competition and sample size are considered.

They were both excellent backups though - two of the best of that era.

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