Posts Tagged ‘Martin Brodeur

04
Nov
08

Update on Brodeur

He’s out. 3-4 Months. Needs surgery on his bicep. Won’t be breaking Roy’s record anytime soon. I’m upset. I really wanted him to break it before Roy’s jersey retirement in Montreal. New Jersey is now in serious trouble. Don’t really care about the Devils, just about Marty. This sucks and I don’t want to talk about it.

02
Nov
08

Brodeur Out With…. Bruised Elbow?

I’ve talked about this once before, and I can promise that I’ll complain about it time and time again. I hate the way teams are so “specific” when it comes to disclosing injuries.

Martin Brodeur being the lastest… because as of right now, he is sidelined with what is being called a “bruised elbow.” Let’s be honest, it has to be more than just a bruised elbow, if he’s going to undergo MRIs and get X-rays taken. If I had a bruised elbow, I would still be out there playing, and I play shinny. A bruised elbow is not enough to keep a star player, a competitor, a legend that is seven wins away from being the winningest goalie in the best hockey league in the world, out of action. Why can’t the Devils just say that he has an injured elbow, and they are unsure of the extent of the injury until more tests are done? There I just said it, was that so hard?

Apparently though, the NHL doesn’t have to be specific at all, unlike the NFL. According to Darren Dreger of TSN, and he usually knows what he’s talking about, the difference has everything to do with gambling. Because there is so much money wagered on NFL games, the league pretty much has to fully disclose a player’s injury, meanwhile the NHL doesn’t because nobody but Ric Tocchet and Gretzky’s wife bet on hockey… oh wait, Pete Rose probably does too.

19
Oct
08

Martin Brodeur vs. Patrick Roy

With only 9 wins seperating Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur as the NHL’s winningest goalie, the debate about which tender is the greatest is sure to rage on. So… Let it rage.

Roy currently holds the record with 551 wins, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has won many NHL awards including the Conn Smythe 3 of the 4 times he has won the Cup. He also has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche and is due to have his number 33 retired by the Montreal Canadiens on November 22nd. His 551 wins came in 1029 games for a winning percentage of 0.535 while posting a GAA 2.53 with a SV% of 0.910. His post-season total of 151 wins in 247 games for a percentage of 0.611 with a  GAA 2.30 and a SV% of 0.900, proof that his game elevated during the Spring Season.

Brodeur is fast approching Roy’s record with 542 wins, he is a lock for the Hall, also winning many NHL awards, not including the Conn Smythe however. He will for surely have his number retired by the New Jersey Devils upon his retirement from the game. His 542 wins have come in 973 games for a percentage 0.557, posting a 2.19 GAA and a SV% of 0.914.  His post-season totals of 95 wins in 169 games for a percentage of 0.562 and a GAA of 1.96 with a SV% of 0.922, indicating he would also elevate his play for the play-offs.

So I’ll be honest I hate Roy, and if this was completely open to opinion I would say that Brodeur is a better goalie just because I hate Roy. However, this debate isn’t just based on opinion. Marty has posted better stats in his career, both in play-offs and regular season, but one has to keep in mind that these guys did playing a portion of their careers in slightly different eras. Roy broke in during the high flying 80s, while Marty didn’t break in until the Clutch-and-Grab 90s. The other glaring difference that one has to consider, is the fact that Roy has won three Conn Smythes. This, I think, is because he had to stand on his head much more than Brodeur ever had to. Brodeur did what was expected of him, which was still a lot, but everyone is always so used to him being the best player on the ice, that I think his performances didn’t seem as stellar.

While this is a tough call, I pick Brodeur because I hate Roy. And to top it all off, just because I hate Roy so much, I hope Brodeur breaks his record before Roy’s retirement party, just so that they can’t retire his number whilst calling him, “The Winningest Goalie of All-Time.” Oh, and by the way… Brodeur, barring any injuries has more than enough games to play to do it too.