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01-17-2013, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Well, Liut was 4th in AS voting and 5th in Vezina voting in 1989-90, so he wasn't a backup that particular year.
You knew he was going to get votes for the stats, and it's not like he got a lot of votes to earn that 4th place (what, less than half of 3rd place?) Led the league in GAA after all, and had 4 shutouts... And he played how many games? Less than 40? When he was traded to Washington for Corriveau, he formed what could be at best described as a tandem with Beaupre, both getting two games (both in losing causes) as the Caps were swept from the playoffs. Wonky back and performance starts pushing Liut clearly behind Beaupre and eventually out of the league as soon as the '90/91 season (pre/post all-star stats splits for '90/91 are equally bad), which means that (and I agree, this is technical and semantic, sort of) Liut can't really be considered elite in for all of 1990 without the qualifications I suggested.

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