With last night’s 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Martin Brodeur became the all time shutout leader in the NHL. This is Brodeur’s 104th career shutout, one more than goaltending great Terry Sawchuk. It goes without saying that this accomplishment is one for the ages and probably won’t be broken for some time to come. And as a side note, how does Brodeur shut out the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and others for this record yet was unable to do so against Florida, Carolina, or Philadelphia earlier this month?
Congratulations Martin Brodeur! A classy accomplishment.
No one debates that Brodeur is a great goaltender — except for a few goalie friends of mine (but whatever, goalies are like drummers and are particular and weird…) — the man is a Stanley Cup champion, Olympic champion, and has won many other accolades.
But it begs the question: Is Martin Brodeur the best goalie of all time or is he a great goalie who’s always had a very solid team (with a defensive system) in front of him?
Personally, I believe Brodeur is the best of all time. He’s had the luxury of playing in a strong system with a good team, but he was the backbone of that very system. Brodeur’s NHL career has seem him play more than 1000 games with a career goals against average of 2.21 and a save percentage of .914. He’s played 70+ games in a season 11 times – each time posting 38 wins or more. He’s helped redefine how goalies can handle the puck and its value to breakouts/dump ins. He’s won four Vezina trophies and turned in clutch performances time and time again.
I don’t know how much more of a case I can plead. Either way, I’m sure you have your thoughts. There are probably hundreds of other articles online that discuss this topic in further detail, but I don’t care. I want to hear from our Classy community and see what you think and why.
Is Brodeur the best goalie ever? Why or why not?
Stay classy, Martin Brodeur.