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05-11-2013, 01:59 AM
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For example:

Khabibulin was actually stealing games for CHI in the 2009 playoffs. His 0.920 save percentage and performance in series' against CGY/VAN are a testament to that.

He comes to a sub-par team in EDM and posts a decent 0.909 save percentage - but suddenly seems incapable of stealing a game or helping the team. When a team is THAT DAMN BAD, it's hard to "steal" a game.

Look at other non-competitive teams in the league (this excludes CBJ), none of them had goaltending like we did.

Varlamov was 0.903 for COL after 0.913 on a decent team last year
Theodore was 0.839 for FLA after 0.916 on a playoff team last year.
Lindback was 0.902 on TBL after 0.912 on a playoff NSH team last year.
Rinne was 0.910 for NSH after 0.922 on a playoff NSH team last year.
Ward was 0.908 for CAR after 0.923 on a playoff team 2yrs back.
Kipprusoff was 0.882 for CGY after 0.922 on a decent team last year.

So it's clear that on bad teams these goalies put out bad save percentages., whereas they've shown ability to be 0.915+ on good teams.

Dubnyk puts up 0.920 save percentage IN SPITE OF A BAD TEAM. What the hell does he put up on a team with a good system and good players? A playoff team?

He is definitely one of the last guys I'd be looking to move/upgrade heading into the off-season. I feel guys like Rinne, Ward, Fleury, and Varlamov would suffer horribly if they were on the Oilers.

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