Is Henrik Lundqvist An HOFer?
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05-21-2013, 10:02 AM
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Sure Thomas has the higher peak, between him and Lundqvist, but he also has the lower valleys and there is the question of GP and consistency.
511 (2nd) for Lundqvist and 374 (12th) for Thomas. Then there is the point of having Chara for well over 1/3 of the game out there to patrol the backside while Thomas is aggressive on the shooter.
Maybe Thomas is the best goalie of the lockout, if he actually plays last season or before losing his job to Task, then earning it back.
There is no maybe with Lundvist, he has been consistently excellent since the lockout and is a well deserving #1 goalie over that time period.
Tim Thomas didn't lose his job to Rask in 2010; he was injured in February/March and Boston stayed with the hot goaltender in the playoffs while Thomas put off hip surgery in case Rask
deliver. I mean, if a .915 is enough to lose a starting job in the NHL and qualify as a valley in your opinion, wouldn't Lundqvist have a pretty big valley himself in 2007, 2008, and 2009 when he had a cumulative .915 over three seasons? Or do we ignore that he kept collecting 70-72 GP because New York didn't have someone as good as Rask to pick up the slack?
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