Kukla's Korner Hockey
by David Pavlak on 08/12/11 at 10:30 AM ET
From John Kreiser of the National Hockey League,
“The 39-year-old future member of the Hall of Fame enters 2011-12 as the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts—but he’s also coming off the first losing season in his 17-year career. Brodeur’s save percentage dropped to .903, his worst since 1995, and he missed significant time with an injury for the second time in three years. He did look sharper in the second half but wants to prove he’s still an elite goaltender for a full season.”
John hit the nail on the head with this one. With Brodeur sitting at such an elite level compared to what seems to be a revolving door for young and unproven goaltenders as well as the veterans who can’t seem to find a permanent home in the NHL, he wants to prove that age is not a factor for him and he still has all the tools that made him who he is today. This season looks more than likely to be his last, but he wants to make sure he goes out with a bang. He will undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame, which goes without saying.
The records he amassed speak volumes about his career. Though most of them are likely to be broken in the future, which is inevitable, he will always be remembered as one of the top goalies, if not the top goalie in the NHL ever. That statement may cause people to pull their hair out, but it’s not hard to look at the facts. The Stanley Cup’s, the Vezina Trophies, the shut-outs, the domination between the pipes, all these things lead to one stellar year after another for number 30. Over Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo, Gerry Cheevers, Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph there is one man who has surpassed them all throughout his years of professional hockey, and that man is Martin Brodeur.
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