Round 2, Vote 10 (HOH Top Goaltenders final round)
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01-17-2013, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hockeytown, MI
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Now why don't you post the numbers that their backups post
Prior to 2009-10, the cumulative GAR for the Rangers' major backup goaltender each season was 15.1 in 79 games. For the Bruins: 12.8 in 99 games. This sample includes one of Thomas' Vezina seasons (he falls at 196.1 in 233 games in this sample to Lundqvist's 190.8 in 295 games).
Tuukka Rask is a very good goaltender though, so asking to treat him like any other backup and expecting Thomas to continue to keep coming out as far ahead of Rask as his backup as Lundqvist does above Steve Valiquette and Martin Biron would be quite cheap, wouldn't you agree?
So what good are Lundqvist's extra 90 GP in the regular season and 5 extra GP in the playoffs in the same time frame if he's not providing better goaltending in them per game or in the cumulative sense? And that's supposing we're treating the value of a playoff game to a regular season game at a 1:1 ratio - which really, we
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