NHL: If Martin Brodeur Isn’t the Best Goaltender Ever, Who Is?

January 31st, 2011 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
After last week's Brodeur article, I've officially been challenged as to who I believe is the best goalie of all-time. And, in all honesty, I think it's tough to choose.

If I had to pick one, I would probably take Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens. After all, anyone who plays eight seasons and win six Stanley Cups, while never having a goals against average over 2.69 has to be incredible.

And Dryden was incredible.

Every player that played against his was simply stunned at both his athleticism and ability to anticipate what was happening in the game; a 23 year old rookie, with six games of NHL experience, coming into the playoffs and defeating the powerful Bruins, among other teams, en route to the Stanley Cup? Not many goaltenders can do that.

In 397 regular season games, Dryden posted 258 wins and 46 shutouts. If you pro-rate that through 800 games, if he played until he was 38 or so (like Brodeur), Dryden would have over 500 wins and almost 100 shutouts.

That would easily put him among the top goalies. Oh, and don't forget those five Vezina Trophies in seven full seasons.

However, there are a few other ca ...

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