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05-07-2007, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Frightened Inmate #2 View Post
I take more into consideration to determine who was the best goaltender, look at the game as a whole in order to determine who was the best. Benidict played a different game than what is played now, which is what needs to be judged against. When the rules changed his game suffered. How can anyone deny that Benidict played in a completely different era, to the extent of playing a different game. I wouldn't select the best Brandy player as a starter and I wouldn't do the same with a player from before 1929 due to the lack of the forward pass in the offensive zone.
Yeah, but one season is hardly enough to draw a valid inference. When you consider that every goalie's GAA went up significantly after the rule change (for example the 1930 Vezina winner Tiny Thompson went from 1.15 to 2.19) it was expected that his GAA would go up as well.

The fact that he was no longer the best is much more likely because he was 37, and not because of the rule change.

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