Hart Trophy worthy season without winning one.
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02-09-2014, 10:38 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
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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.
Alright but be as it may, taking myself back to that season, it he was never the big story and never a guy who was going to threaten the Hart. I'm not sure if being a lot better than Ron Tugnutt is all that impressive either. I don't know, Brodeur was the man for me that year for the Vezina.
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