|Future Goal Tender Anton Forsberg|
This post is about vacation. Ahhh. Vacation. At the beach. The one where Mrs. Gallos goes out before the vacation and rummages through the bargain pile at Half Price Book Store and comes home with a couple of hockey books. So I'm reading this book, I get to one point, and my jaw kind of drops, and I think 'this will make a good post!' So here we are.
I'm going to talk about three goal tenders. I am going to call them A, B, and C. And it is very interesting to compare their statistics for a particular season. The abbreviations are save percentage (SV%) and Goals Against Average (GAA).
Goalie A SV% .899, GAA 3.02
Goalie B SV% .899, GAA 3.02
Goalie C SV% .894, GAA 3.39
If you had to choose, which goalie would you want?
Personally, I'd take goalie B. Let me show you why. Lets add in their record, in Games Played, Wins and Losses in this format GP-W-L.
Goalie A SV% .899, GAA 3.02, 29-14-10
Goalie B SV% .899, GAA 3.02,0, 65-40-17
Goalie C SV% .894, GAA 3.39, 46-16-26
The other main reason that I would take goalie B, is that goalie B won the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies that year, as the best goal tender, and the MVP of the playoffs, the very first player to win the Conn Smythe trophy as a member of the losing team. So who are our mystery goaltenders?
Goalie A is Sergei Bobrovsky, now of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Goalie B is Pelle Lindbergh, of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Goalie C is Steve Mason, of the Columbus Blue Jackets
The statistics for Lindbergh are from the 1984-85 season, in which the Flyers lost in the Stanley Cup finals, for the other goalies, the stats are from 2011-12.
In my vacation reading, I was stunned to see that Lindbergh, who later died in a tragic auto accident, was posting regular season numbers that in today's game would see him reviled as a horrible piker. Instead, he is winning the Vezina Trophy. True, this was the era of Gretzky and Trottier and Scotty Bowman had not yet ruined the game with the Left Wing Lock defensive strategy, but I felt a lot of irony when I read those numbers.
As much as people doubt Bobrovsky throughout the media, the dude had a winning record last year. You think ANY goal tender who could have had a winning record would have been popular around here last year?