Prime candidates: Patrick Roy vs. Martin Brodeur
August, 7, 2013
By Paul Grant | ESPN.com
Getty ImagesWhich goalie would you rather have in his prime, Patrick Roy or Martin Brodeur?
With all these comparisons flying around, this week we're going to cut through the crud and make a call. Given two players, one active and one retired, in their primes, who would be better? And the best part of it is that you, the user, get the final word.
For our third installment, how about the two best goalies of their generation in Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur? This is an especially tough matchup, as these guys actually faced each other in their careers.
The case for Roy: The ultra-confident Roy had an amazing career. Three Conn Smythes, five Jenningses and three Vezinas. Oh, and four Stanley Cups. He was one of the most competitive goalies -- actually, athletes, period -- to walk the earth. Plus, he was a bit crazier than the average goalie, which is saying something -- it wasn't out of the realm of possibility for him to skate the length of the ice and throw down with the opposing goalie or the opposing goalie or the opposing goalie. His fire and cockiness rubbed people the wrong way -- who tells his coach, during a game, that he wants to be traded? -- but it got into the heads of opponents and helped contribute to his intimidation factor. The fact that he could wink at a stone-faced opponent made it all the more infuriating. He had a low goals-against average at a time when averages were higher than today; he posted shutouts in an offensive time; and he racked up the wins, hitting 40 three times before he retired and 35 wins in his last season, all in an era without shootouts. If ever a goalie could have been considered a team's emotional captain and de facto leader, it was Roy.
Which player would you rather have in his prime? Give us your specific thoughts in the comments section below. Out on a limb, people!