What are you talking about ? Fuhr easily out does Vernon 4 cups to 1 (i don't count the last one since he was on the bench for the entire playoffs), and I don't remember Fuhr letting in and crappy goals in clutch times like Vernon did.
He won the Conn Smyth by sitting on the bench??...i think you need to research a tad on Vernon
Fuhr was better though
For most they mean in their primes ment the 80's-early 90's when both were comparable and were on comparable teams, he was not in his prime in 97, he caught lightning in a bottle that year (but yes I did forget that he won the cup and smythe with the wings)
This is a simply YAY or NAY question, you newbies. If people say Mike Vernon, why are some of you spewing venom at it? I personally say Vernon myself, and I say that without any serious background knowledge on the subject - just based on pure instinct.
Don't bash people for their alternative positions. Sheesh!
Fuhr quite easily and it has nothing to do with me being an Oilers fan. Fuhr was simply the best clutch goalie at that time. Vernon had a bad habit of giving the opposing team momentum such as Tiks softie from past the blueline in Game 7 of the 1991 battle that made it 3-1. Don't forget Tiks screened shot that won the series. Or Gretzky's slapper in '88.
I would say Fuhr, but it's not by the lopsided margin that some on this board would have you believe. Fuhr was the perfect player for those Oilers teams: a guy who didn't put up spectacular numbers (he didn't have to), but he could steal a game when the gunners weren't clicking, and when the Oilers needed the big save late in a 5-4 or 6-5 game, Fuhr would get it. Truth be told, I think he could have been even better, if not for his quirky traits (even for a goalie), his love of golf (which seemingly surpassed his love of hockey) and his dislike of working out. (When he did work out later in his career, he was a Hart Trophy candidate in 1996).
Vernon will always be one of my all-time favourite goalies. IMO, he should one day join Fuhr in the HHOF. A little more spectacular and flashy than Fuhr, he could also steal a game when his high-powered teammates in Calgary and Detroit failed. He made several game-saving saves against Vancouver in Game 7 in OT in 1989. His experience was critical to Detroit's win in 1997, and to helping the Sharks back to the playoffs (and respectability) in 1998. Flashy and acrobatic early in his career, a smart, steady leader later in his career. An example of a goalie who made the necessary adjustments to survive after he started to lose his early-career agility. But I'd still take Fuhr.