This weekend, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Broduer reached a milestone when he tied Patrick Roy as the NHL's all time leader in victories with 551. The moment was even more special, because he tied it in Montreal, with Roy in attendance. So know I spark the debate of who really is the NHL's best ever. If you had one game to win, one game 7, who would you pick?
Looking first at Broduer, he won his 551 in 986 career games. He has spent his entire career as a member of the Devils. He has a career mark of 551-293-105-22. He also sports a career goals against of 2.20 and a career save percentage of .914. He has recorded 100 shutouts in his career. Broduer has won 4 Vezina trophies and 3 Stanley Cups.
On the other hand, Roy has a career record of 551-315-131. He has played for two franchises, the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. His career goals against average is 2.54. He has won 3 Vezina trophies as well as 3 Conn Smythe trophies. He hoisted the Stanley Cup 4 times, twice with each franchise. He holds the career records for games played (1029), playoff games played by a goaltender (247), Conn Smythe trophies (3) playoff wins (151) and playoff shutouts (23).
Who is the pick? I has always been a Roy guy but I've finally been swayed to Broduer in this argument. Both guys could steal the show anytime they were on the ice. Broduer has done it in less games and all of his numbers are better than Roy's. You can't go wrong with either guy, but some of the things Broduer has done in his career have been unreal. Game 7 I take Broduer and I win 9 out of 10 times.
Will Broduer's record ever be touched? Probably not. If I had to pick one guy that could take a run at it, I would choose Marc-Andre Fluery. He is young and has 104 wins to date. The Penguins should be good for a while and if he stays aboard and stays healthy, there is a small chance he can get close.