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  Luongo Better Than Brodeur?

For the past couple of years now in the National Hockey League, many have compared the success of Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to all-time great Martin Brodeur. Once Luongo replaced Brodeur in net for team Canada in the Olympics, the comparisons seemed to begin. In addition, both goaltenders are from the city of Montreal, which I understand does stir up comparsions between the two from the hockey country of Canada.

Many have said that Luongo looks better at 32, than Brodeur did at the same age. Luongo is quicker, has a better glove and feel for the puck. These were some of the arguments made by people that say Luongo is the better goaltender. But is Luongo really the better goaltender?

Let’s take a look at Martin Brodeurs records and accomplishments:

  • Minutes Played in a Single Season: 4,697 (2006-07)
  • Wins in a Single Season: 48 (2006-07)
  • Consecutive 30 win seasons: 12 (1995-96 thrU 2007-08)
  • 40 Win seasons: 8 (1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-2010)
  • Shutouts in a Post-season Series: 3
  • Combined Shutouts (Regular/Post-Season): 134 (112/22)
  • All-Time Wins: 625

Broduer ranks first in all of the categories above. This alone should prove that Martin Brodueur is not only a better goaltender than Roberto Luongo- but perhaps the best goaltender of all-time.

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  1. How could a goaltender with a career GAA in 2.53 be in any way, shape, or form related to Brodeur who has a career 2.22. Luongo’s lowest GAA in a season was 2.11, this past year. Care to remember how many times Martin put up numbers lower than that? 4 times.

    This is a rather silly argument. Should we compare every Canadian goaltender to each other? You want to go even deeper and you see that Luongo has never performed anywhere near Brodeur in the playoffs. Brodeur’s career GAA in the playoffs is 2.09 compared to Luongo’s 2.50. I really question why this was even an argument that was entertained, not to mention zero statistical analysis in the piece.

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