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12-18-2012, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
It really doesn't seem to me like Lumley was anything special outside of 1953 and 1954. Clarification - he was good enough to keep a starter's job in a 6 team league for over a decade, which is an accomplishment on it's own, but he didn't stand out outside of those two years.

4th in Hart voting in the still-tainted 1946 is good, but not great, though it is much more meaningful than any all-star votes against a still questionable field of goalies (Durnan was the only other HHOFer who seems up to speed in 1946 and he was way ahead of Lumley and the rest. Brimsek, who came back partly through the season, was 2nd).

Then Lumley spent the next 5 years as an unspectacular starter, outshone by Rayner, Broda, and others. Then he goes to Toronto, and in his 2nd and 3rd seasons in Toronto, has 2 great seasons. By 1954 and 1955, the competition was quite strong, and his Hart voting record in those two seasons backs up the All-Star teams.

Are those two seasons enough to push Lumley ahead of the older Rayner, who was better than him when the two were in the league at the same time? I'm honestly not sure.
What do you make of the fact that the Leafs traded 4 players to get Lumley after the 51-52 season? Why would they do that unless Lumley had played extremely well in his 2 Blackhawk seasons?

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