Friday, May 11, 2007

Luongo / Brodeur Poll: Who is better?

Martin Brodeur Career Stats

GP- 891
Average GP per season- 63
Wins- 494
Average Wins per season- 38
Losses- 263
Ties- 105
Goals Against- 1931
GAA- 2.20
Save Percentage- .913
Shutouts- 92
Average Shutouts per season: 7.07

Won Calder Trophy in 1994
Won 4 Jennings Trophies in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004
Won 2 Vezina Trophies in 2003, 2004
Won Stanley Cup 3 times

Is a 9-time NHL All star

Won 2 silver medals at the World Championships
Won a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics


Roberto Luongo Career Stats

GP- 417
Average GP per season- 59
Wins- 162
Average Wins per season- 23
Losses- 190
Ties- 33
Goals Against- 1037
GAA- 2.63
Save Percentage- .919
Shutouts- 32
Average Shutouts per season- 4.5

NHL All Star 3 times

2 Golds and 1 Silver medal in World Championships


Is Roberto Luongo better than Martin Brodeur? 69% of you voted 'Yes'. I am a little torn on the matter. Right NOW, Luongo may very well be better. At least now we can guage even more how good Luongo's numbers can be, as he plays on a more defensive team, a luxury that Brodeur has had for almost all of his 13-year career. Luongo played 6 of his 7 years on a dismal cellar-dwelling Panthers team, yet still had great numbers (besides wins). Long has Luongo been second fiddle to Brodeur, Hasek, Joseph, and Belfour, as those starters were in the limelight, playing in World Cups, Olympics, All Star Games, etc, while Luongo played well in the shadows. That has changed already. It's now a Brodeur-Luongo duo for goalie supremacy, and it's front and center, as both goalies log so much ice time.
Louie had a better playoff run than Marty did. However, Brodeur is not done yet. Not at 35-years old.
At the same time, the Devils may take a few steps back in the offseason, as the cap has caught up to them. Scott Gomez may jet through unrestricted free agency. That is a serious blow if it happens. Have you ever wondered how well Brodeur would have played on that lousy Panthers team of the late 90's/early 2000's? I do. He may not have put up the same heroic efforts that Luongo did. It's just hard to say. If the Devils lose a few strides in the summer, is Brodeur going to save them? Maybe. I want to see him play on a lousy team more often to guage how good he really is.
Brodeur's 12 shutouts this season was a stellar performance. Luongo had 5.
Brodeur's career stats are sick. He is well on his way to becoming arguably the greatest goalie of all time.
Luongo's career is young and has so much potential still.
There is no arguing that Brodeur's puck-handling skills are fantastic. It is a huge part of his game. Luongo will need to work on his.

I'm torn, but still leaning toward Brodeur.
You have voiced your opinion in the poll, now why do you think that way?

**I'm out of town all day today, so you won't hear from me.
Did you see the Sabres/Sens game? Terrific! The Sens look composed. Even when they skated off the ice after the victory they looked calm and composed. Buffalo doesn't even know what hit them! Bryan Murray was mentioning in his post game interview that the Sens kept cool, even after the Sabres had rallied from a 2-0 deficit. No kidding.**


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3 Comments:

At May 11, 2007 at 12:38 p.m. , Blogger Stevens8204 said...

Probably Brodeur....Luongo had a habit of padding his stats in Florida with horrible rebound skills....now that he is learning to kick pucks out to spots better....his SOG have dropped...part of it is Vancouver and part of it his better positional play. His puck handling has to improve some but that comes with time. They made a rule to limit Martin Brodeur exclusively....however...that does speak volumes.....so I have to tip my hat to Marty for the vote...but give credit where credit is due to Luongo...he has come a long way.

 
At May 11, 2007 at 6:08 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

It's hard to deny what Brodeur's done. For years he had the neutral zone trap as an excuse for his great stats, but this year he's shown he's THAT good and more. 12 shutouts?? Incredible.

 
At May 12, 2007 at 10:45 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, it's hard to ignore the 12 shutouts! Awesome.

Stevens8204- I heard they called the 'no-fly zone' the Brodeur Rule because Marty is such a puck-handling wizard.

I just wonder what we'll be saying about Luongo 13 years into his career.

At least he is out into the spotlight now. We'll see him as a starter in the All Star games, and perhaps a starter for any Olympic or World Cup squad.

 

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