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02-09-2014, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
You know, I get that there is a save % case for Turco to win the Vezina in 2003, but no goalie is ever going to be a serious Hart candidate only playing 55 games
Miikka Kiprusoff would have been 3rd place on a 5-3-1 ballot in 2003-04 at only 38 games. As it stands, he finished 4th despite having a teammate in 2nd place.

Dominik Hasek and John Vanbiesbrouck were Hart nominees at 58 and 57 GP respectively in a season in which the league leader played 74 GP.

Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Interesting. I just always felt Turco was a "good" goalie who never really had to steal a game or be dominant behind a pretty good Dallas team. Never thought of him as an MVP type.
Turco: 31-10-10, 1.72 GAA, .932 SPCT
Tugnutt: 15-10-5, 2.47 GAA, .896 SPCT

Dallas was 33-12-12 when Turco injured his ankle. They went 7-8-3 while he was out, and then picked up 13 of a possible 14 points when he returned to finish the season (with Turco posting a .939 in this stretch) and retake the #1 Seed in the Western Conference.

He was pretty valuable, and it's a bit telling of the mindset of the voters that he lost the Vezina by such a big margin to a high-GP, Hart-nominated goaltender with a .914 SPCT (league average: .909 - insert argument about shot recording; insert counterargument about fewer Devils' penalties and the fact that Turco saw more shorthanded rubber than Brodeur despite the difference in GP).

Hell, in addition to Brodeur's 24 to 3 Vezina lead over Turco, Brodeur had three times the number of 1st place Hart votes as Markus Naslund, the Pearson winner. They were a little eager to pay Brodeur back for excellent work in the Hasek years - and they did it at the expense of others. But the voters' decision does not change the value that Marty Turco provided his team. Transplanting that year into one that does not carry such an obvious storyline will undoubtedly reward the goaltender with the .932 with the rightful attention.

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