- 09/27/2011, 02:33PM ET
hockeyfan#1 said 09/27, 02:33 PM
I am going to have to go with Ryan Miller.
Ryan Miller is the top goalie in todays NHL.
Last year he lead the Buffalo Sabers to the playoffs, only to lose to the Flyers in six games, in the first round.
During the season he had a goals against average of 2.58, and a save percentage on .916. These numbers aren't amazing but they are very good. The year before he had a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .929.
The Buffalo Sabers are a good team (without Miller), but aren't good enough to go to the playoffs every year. With Miller they are able to put all their weight on him to carry them all the way to the playoffs and beyond.
At the Olympics, in Vancouver, Miller was voted top goalie, beat Canada in Canada and also led Team USA all the way to the gold medal game.
This USA team wasn't suppsed to do great. Everyone was hopeing the get 3rd or 4th, as they gear up for 2014 when the team would be older and would have a major shot a winning the gold.
Ryan Miller has been giving teams chances to win it all every year ever since he was at Michigan State, and that is why Ryan Miller is the top goalie in the NHL.
BM. said 09/27, 02:56 PM
He's good, but he's not the best.
Tim Thomas is the best goalie in the NHL right now.
Thomas led the league in GAA last season with a 2.00.
He also led the league in Save %, with a .938.
Where was Miller? Let's see.
He did well, but his save % was .916
He did decent with his GAA as well, but it was 2.59
The year previous to last year means nothing, since we are talking about RIGHT NOW.
This past season in the playoffs when the Bruins won the Cup, Thomas posted a .940 Save % and a 1.98 GAA average. Ridiculous.
Thomas, at this point, is in a league of his own.
Plain and simple, right now, Tim Thomas is the best goalie in the NHL.
hockeyfan#1 said 09/27, 04:46 PM
Yes Tim Thomas did win the Vezina last year.Tim Thomas had a very good year but he is getting older.
Thomas is now 37 years of age, which i old for a goalie in the NHL.
Being a goalie takes a toll on your hips and back, especially as a butterfly goalie, which Thomas is.
Thomas has already had a back surgery and told the press that his hips are starting to bug him.
A major question is how much longer does he have, or how much longer can he be a dominate goalie.
Thomas also had one of the best defences in the NHL in front of him. They were ranked second, while Miller had the 17th ranked defence infront of him.
Ryan Miller is only 31 years old and has many years left. He wasn't the best goalie last year but he is one of the most consistant goalies and will be very good in years to come.
BM. said 09/27, 06:38 PM
You think Thomas is too old?
At age 36 he led the league in GAA and Save %. So apparently 36 wasn't "too old", so what makes 37 too old?
"A major question is how much longer does he have, or how much longer can he be a dominate goalie"
Who cares? He was the most dominant goalie BY FAR last year. We are talking about who is the best goalie right now, and Thomas is the easy (and correct) answer.
You bring up the defenses of the teams, so I will show you a little math that deflates that argument.
Miller played in 66 games last year. He had 1,964 saves. If you take 1964/66, that means he had to make 29.76 saves per game.
Thomas played in 57 games last year. He had 1,811 saves. 1811/57 gives you 31.77.
Based on that, Thomas had to make just over 2 more saves per game last year than Miller did. The defense argument doesn't mean as much now, does it?
"Ryan Miller is only 31 years old and has many years left."
Again, who cares? RIGHT NOW, Thomas is the better goalie.
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