Last year I did a blog about Brodeur compared to his backups. One of the reasons I did it was because of all the love being heaped upon Devils savior Scott Clemmensen. The fact of the matter was that Clemmensen was an average (at best) goalie who was playing for a defense first team. I was deathly afraid that the Islanders might be one of those teams that fell for his great run and sign him for a few years for too much money. Fortunately they went with Roloson who has been spectacular despite being 40 years old.
Instead it was almost surprisingly the Panthers who dished out money for Clemmensen while having the grossly underrated Thomas Vokoun as starter. Meanwhile they allowed Craig Anderson to sign with the Avalanche. So how did everything work out for all involved?
Vokoun continues to be silently spectacular. On a better team or a better market he would be appreciated.
Anderson has helped to bring the Avs back to respect and shortened their apparent rebuilding by leaps and bounds.
And Clemmensen? Before this season he only once managed a SV% over .900 and he’s at .888. His GAA went from 2.39 to 3.53 (Vokoun is 2.56 right now). In all his games, he’s only let in 1 goal once and has no shutouts. He’s been pulled from games twice in 11 starts. He has proven that he’s not a NHL starter or backup unless he’s playing for the Devils.
His replacement in NJ? Yan Danis only has 4 games this season, but currently has career highs in GAA (2.00) and SV% (.929). Considering that Danis couldn’t even hold onto a backup job with the worst team in the league last year, this once again proves the point that anyone can play behind the Devils defense and look good.
I wanted to add on that I hope Brodeur doesn’t make the Hall Of Fame. I know he has all the records. I know he’s broken records people never thought would be broken. I for one believe that just about any goalie who played for the Devils for the same period of time would have the same record. Its nothing against him, he’s had some great playoff runs and definitely won games others would ave lost. But statistically Brodeur matches all of his backups stats. It doesn’t matter, Marty will be a first ballot HoF’er and I’ll be here arguing that Osgood deserves to be in. At least Osgood played for other teams.