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12-17-2012, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I definitely think we need to give Thomas credit for wrecking the Finnish league during the 2005 lockout. I don't think we should be giving a goalie who has only played more than 57 games once (when he played 66 in an unremarkable 2006-07 campaign) credit for durability though.
Then there's another word for what I'm trying to say. He is not the flash in the pan that his career track would suggest. He steadily performed well under all manner of circumstances, leagues, teams, coaches, until finally getting a non-politicized shot at an NHL starting job at which point he rapidly emerged as a Vezina contender.

When discussing Thomas, there is always a certain interpretation of his career that he stumbled into a perfect storm situation and is really just Dwayne Roloson masquerading as Dominik Hasek. That's just not the case, any more than it was with Bower.

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