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08-24-2010, 01:27 PM
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We're debating Bryzgalov over on the Canes board. I think he brings a lot more to the table than most people realize.

- One of the most dominant playoff performances in modern history (14 periods, 130 shots, 129 saves) in '06

- Outduelled Backstrom to get Anaheim through the first round during their Cup run, and probably deserved to continue getting starts (but understandably they went back to Giguere when he returned from personal leave)

- Very nearly got an inferior Phoenix team past Detroit last spring, putting up really good numbers in all but games 2 and 7 (when they got routed)

- In two of his three seasons as a starter in Phoenix, he's put up .920+. The other year he put up an ordinary .906, 22nd among starting goalies and better than Kiprusoff that season.

- Second in Vezina voting, fifth in Hart voting last season

I'm interested in the general opinion here because of the debate on the other board. IMO Bryzgalov is one of those goalies like Vokoun, who doesn't have a lot of personal accolades but absolutely belongs in the conversation about elite goalies.

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08-24-2010, 02:01 PM
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The goalies I put ahead of Irbe are:
1) Hasek- No brainer consensus number 1
2) Kipper- 3 years of 40+ wins and one year at 39. A very good win% turned around an average Flames team to almost win the cup in 04 and a Veizna and finished 3rd in Hart voting in 06.
3)Khabibulin- Has a ring. If he never won the Cup with Tampa he probably wouldn't be that high on my list but hes the only goalie besides Hasek who did.
4)Evgeni Nabokov - Has been on some great teams but he was part of the reason why those teams were so good. Never got it done in the Post season but has great numbers and a great win %
5)Tomas Vokoun - His career is very similar to Irbe except he hasn't had the post season success. Vokoun as 5 is debatable and I can understand if other people want to move him.
6)Henrik Lundqvist- Very reliable and stable goaltender you know what Henrik will give you everynight. Plus he has an Olympic Gold medal.
7) Kolzig- The backbone of the Capitals for a long time. If he was in his prime now for Washington we would be talking about the Capitals winning their first Stanley Cup this year.

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We're debating Bryzgalov over on the Canes board. I think he brings a lot more to the table than most people realize.

- One of the most dominant playoff performances in modern history (14 periods, 130 shots, 129 saves) in '06

- Outduelled Backstrom to get Anaheim through the first round during their Cup run, and probably deserved to continue getting starts (but understandably they went back to Giguere when he returned from personal leave)

- Very nearly got an inferior Phoenix team past Detroit last spring, putting up really good numbers in all but games 2 and 7 (when they got routed)

- In two of his three seasons as a starter in Phoenix, he's put up .920+. The other year he put up an ordinary .906, 22nd among starting goalies and better than Kiprusoff that season.

- Second in Vezina voting, fifth in Hart voting last season

I'm interested in the general opinion here because of the debate on the other board. IMO Bryzgalov is one of those goalies like Vokoun, who doesn't have a lot of personal accolades but absolutely belongs in the conversation about elite goalies.
I think he has proven to be a fantastic goalie in the here and now. But I wouldn't have room for him on a "top-10 euro goalies of the past 20 years list"... yet.

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08-24-2010, 05:26 PM
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Kolzig cannot be on this list, plain and simple. He can be on the "Top 10 South African Goalies of last 20 years" but definitely not this one.

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