In between all the AIG coverage there's been a little bit of newpaper space this week devoted to the netminder for the Newark team (Martin Brodeur) who set some sort of all time NHL wins record on Tuesday. (We were more impressed with Ranger Coach John Tortorella setting the all time win records for an American NHL coach - but that's just us)
I wanted to follow up on Nugman's question: is Brodeur The Best Of All Time?
He's certainly won the most games. But he's had the Devils and their skill and defensive style behind him all these years. It's sort of like pitching for a baseball team that scores a lot of runs and plays great defense.
But in baseball - is the pitcher with the most wins the best pitcher? Not always. I'd look at ERA also.
Now, ERA is not a pure number either - because the quality of the defense factors into it. But a pitcher with a 1.20 ERA is always a good pitcher. And a 6.50 ERA is always a bad pitcher - no matter how many games he's won.
So for Hockey I'd say we look at Save Percentage - not just wins - to help figure out who the best of all time is.
What do you think? Post a comment and let the discussion continue.
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