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.