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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Are todays goalies better?

I raise this question after Marty Brodeur was bitching about how goalies get screwed over. Can we really compare Gerry Cheevers, Tony Espo, or any of those guys with the current goaltenders? I say no. Look at the equipment. The scores were a little higher, but the goalies still had the same stats as those today. I mean, you look at the old highlight reels and goals that you'd never see today were scored, but the saves were much more incredable. The old goalies were the true goalies. Todays goalies, to me, are men in a padded bubble. Granted they are talented, but they don't have the same skills as the old ones. Yeah, shots are harder now, so reflexes have to be quicker. But any day of the week, I'd take Cheevers in a shootout over Luongo or Brodeur.

Here is a photo of Gerry Cheevers in his pads vs. Roberto Luongo when he was with Florida.


Blogger Latrappe said...

Impossible to answer, IMO. The game is different as the players and the equipement.

8:14 AM  
Blogger McKeon said...

Exactly. There is no comparison. It's like trying to compare George Bush to George Washington. Not worth it. Can't we just say that today's top goaltenders are just as good as the good ole days of old time hockey?

9:23 AM  

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