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05-14-2013, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Bryz4shiz View Post
Bryz was also coming off an atrocious playoff series and another mediocre one before that. Bryz never should have even been in the Vezina voting that year, he was playing on a defensively solid Phoenix team and Jason LaBarbera had better numbers than him that year. Vokoun on the other hand was coming off of better seasons where he played for a terrible team.
Thanks for pointing that out about Bryz's playoff numbers, that helps. Those four games he played that year in the playoffs were a good measure, not the prior 24 that he had played in and put up respectable numbers. And not those hundreds of NHL regular season games he played in either. If that was Bryz's only playoff know, like Bob, then I would get that argument. But the dude established himself enough to the point where he could have a bad playoffs (and that year was bad) and it wasn't the end of the world. He wasn't some unproven guy, you know, like Bob, who didn't have the resume to allow for a bad playoffs to be written off. And yet it appears that you are writing off Bob's atrocious playoff performance based on potential, while holding Bryz accountable for his equally ugly playoff performance without factoring in the fact that his resume seemed to indicate that the poor play was a fluke. With hindsight, it clearly was not a fluke. But that is with hindsight.

You are right, he shouldn't have been there in the Vezina voting (or the Hart trophy voting where he took fifth). Thanks for pointing that out. Those voters suck anyway. Bob shouldn't be there this year.

LaBarbera played in like 15 games that year, I don't think you can say he had better numbers, even if his save percentage and GAA was slightly lower. Comparable, maybe. Better, no.

Vokoun put up similar numbers to Bryz as well in the most recent seasons. I wouldn't really call them better, his save percentage was a few tenths of a points better and his GAA was worse. I wouldn't really have had a problem had they signed Vokoun. There were two goalies available it seemed, Vokoun and Bryz. Vokoun was four years older. This goes to what I have been saying this entire time. They didn't want to roll the dice with Bob (and by extension Vokoun). At that point, he was still potential. It could have worked out great, or we could be looking for a new goalie right now anyway. They went with what seemed like the safe bet (albeit on a bad contract). And then there is also the whole argument that went on back when this was actually happening about whether or not Vokoun would have even signed here.

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