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11-01-2012, 09:31 AM
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Top 10 goalie seasons of all time

Inspired by the other top post-expansion seasons thread, since I find it hard to compare goalie and skater seasons. What would be your top 10 list for greatest goalie seasons ever? (Include playoffs.)

For example:
Parent 1974
Thomas 2011
Quick 2012
Sawchuk 1952
Hasek 1998
Hasek 1999
Plante 1956
Roy 1989
Dryden 1977
Hall 1961

(Wow, surprised at how hard it is to find a Roy season, seems like his worst regular seasons were '86 and '93)

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11-01-2012, 10:04 AM
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The Thomas and Quick ones just seem like recent memory convenience...

It also depends on how much you weigh the playoffs, if they're given more weight, Roy's 1993 was pretty incredible despite high-scoring regular season he endured...

You gotta think if Parent's '74 makes it, his '75 makes it too, right? Are they separable?

Is Vachon's best year the same year he was in the '76 Canada Cup? Or does that miss by a year?

Esposito's 1970?


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11-01-2012, 10:16 AM
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Brodeur 06-07 has to be up there

Oops, didnt see the include playoffs memo

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11-01-2012, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
The Thomas and Quick ones just seem like recent memory convenience...
They aren't. Thomas set the single-season save% mark (granted, with a games-played that barely qualifies him as a starter, but still), then won the Smythe with a performance that had him in a toss-up for the trophy even if the Bruins lost in six.

Quick had a Vezina-worthy season, with a sv% only a point off the actual winner (in seven more games played) and a flat out dominant playoffs. I wish I had expected win% for him given how bad LA's scoring was, but they have strong goal differential and defense, so he might not have had it as tough as "69 GP on an 8th seed with the 29th best offense" would sound.

I don't think it's recent memory so much as two very good goaltending seasons coming back to back. Whether recent history needs to be evaluated in a different statistical light, considering that Mike Smith was a few bounces from also being on this list (and joined an elite group with 65+ GP and a save% of .930 or better), might be a discussion worthy of having, however.

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11-01-2012, 11:27 AM
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Yeah, I don't buy the whole "save pct. record" thing because, well, a) it's not factually correct. and b) the rate of a starter's save pct. the past couple years is up in the .915, .920 area so having a .938 or whatever vs. .920 average isn't nearly as impressive as having .925 vs. .901 average...

Quick's overall season/playoffs was more impressive to me than Thomas'...so whatever that's worth, but I find it strange that 20% of the ten best goaltending seasons in history happened in the last < 1% of recorded hockey time, that seems a tiny bit unlikely in its own right...but possibly...

But while we're having fun with numbers, I'm assuming Brian Elliott's season from 2011-12 finishes 11th on the list? He broke the save percentage record...too...or...I guess, whatever...everyone breaks the record, hooray!

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11-01-2012, 11:36 AM
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I always thought Hasek's 1993-1994 season to be among his best.

Granted he put up gaudier numbers later but that was in the midst of the dead puck era. His 1.95GAA that season marked the 1st time in 20 seasons a goalie finished with a GAA under 2.00 and was impressive considering the relative high scoring that season.

Also his first round loss vs. New Jersey is likely the most impressive performance for a goaltender in a losing effort.

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11-01-2012, 01:59 PM
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C'mon guys, really? Obviously Thomas is there not for his records, but because he won the Cup, Conn Smythe and Vezina in the same season.

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Sawchuk 1952 and Parent 1974 are the first two to spring to mind.

Thomas 2011 has to be up there. I probably wouldn't put Quick 2012 in the top 10 (his regular season was very good but not historically good).

1989 is probably the best overall Roy season.

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I don't think Quick 2012 belongs.

Amongst not-mentionned seasons, if we completely exclude playoffs, something has to be said for Peeters 1983. Certainly superior to Quick 2012.

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A recent one to consider might be Miikka Kiprusoff. His 03-04 regular season, '04 playoffs and '04 world cup were all excellent. He even went on to win the '06 Vezina.

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Esposito told Dick Irvin in the book In The Crease, that he considers his 71-72 season better than his 69/70 season.

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11-02-2012, 11:10 PM
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Hasek 1998 - Didn't win the Cup but made the semis with a team that otherwise drafts 1st overall. Won the Hart, Vezina and Olympic gold. Far and away the best goalie in the game and probably best overall player which is something you don't say about a goalie. And the saves he made that year were nothing short of highlight reel material

Parent 1974 - Vezina, Cup, Smythe and almost the Hart. Not to mention took a team that wouldn't have won the Cup without him. Beat the powerhouse Bruins and shut them out in the clinching game for good measure.

Sawchuk 1952 - 0.63 playoff GAA says it all. Plus a dominant regular season

Parent 1975 - More of the same from him. Shut out the offensive juggernaut Sabres in the clinching game too

Hasek 1999 - Wins the Vezina, is a Hart candidate and leads his team to the Cup final

Thomas 2011 - When a goalie wins the Vezina, Cup and Smythe that's telling. He wouldn't have been a bad choice for the Hart in a weak year either. He also probably still wins the Smythe win or lose.

That's just 5 but it gets sketchy after this. There are really about 20 more seasons you could put in there. And I don't think Quick should be on the top 10. There was a lot of doubt even in the Cup final whether or not he wins the Smythe (Doughty, Brodeur, Kopitar)

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11-14-2012, 12:20 AM
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Surprised no ones put this one forward yet:

Grant Fuhr, 1987-88: Played in all 9 games for Canada in the Canada Cup, helping them win the tournament. Set the record for most appearances by a goalie in the regular season (75) breaking Parent's record, won the Vezina, was 1st team All-Star, and finished 2nd in Hart voting behind Lemieux. Went 16-2 in the playoffs to win the Cup. Including the Finals game in Boston Garden that was cut short Fuhr appeared in 103 games of competitive hockey (not including preseason).

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11-14-2012, 09:13 AM
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Quick shouldn't be there, imo.

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69-70 Tony Esposito, 15 shutouts.

How about tandems? 70-71 Giacomin/Villemure for the Rangers.

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