Saturday, June 30, 2012

Who's the Better Choice for the Leafs, Luongo or Brodeur?

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If you were the Toronto Maple Leafs and had your choice of the following two goalies, which goalie would your choice be? Roberto Luonog or Martin Brodeur?

For those of you who have read my posts, you know I’m not a fan of Loungo. To me it’s a no brainer taking Brodeur. Why? There are a number of reasons.

The first reason is that Brodeur is a proven champion and in my opinion, the greatest NHL goalie of all time. He leads the NHL in career wins and he’s won 3 Stanley Cups. Brodeur even took the New Jersey Devils to this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

Marty is a solid goalie. At 40, he had another career year and playoffs and probably has 1 or two more good to great years ahead of him. That isn’t much of a risk for the Maple Leafs. Marty might be the ingredient that the Leafs need to go deep into the playoffs and have a serious run at the cup.

Luongo had had his shot at winning the cup but blew it in 2011, when his team was in game 7 of the cup finals in front of a home town crowd. Luongo had some questionable and shaky games in last year’s playoffs. He was highly criticized leading into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Some fans debated if he should even start. The Canucks had Loungo on a tight leash and when the Canucks fell behind 2-0 to the 8th seeded LA Kings in the first round, he was pulled in favor of his backup, Cory Schneider.

This has to be the low point for Luongo. He was brought to Vancouver to win it all and he has failed miserably. The guy will be great in the regular season. He’s shown that he’s capable of being one of the NHL’s best goalies during the regular season. The problem for Luonog is the playoffs.

Some goalies are born winners and others are born losers when it comes to the playoffs. Roberto is not in the winning category. For me, it’s inexcusable for Luongo to have been pulled in this year’s playoffs and in some games in the 2011 playoffs. He’s paid big bucks to win and not fail.

If I were the Toronto Maple Leafs and my only choice was Luongo, I wouldn’t sign him. I wouldn’t want him on my team. He would come with a ridiculous price tag and I don’t believe it would be a good investment. If the Leafs, who have been called the Laughs for years, take Luongo, they would really be laughable.

Everything I’ve said is fine and dandy but nothing is guaranteed that Martin Brodeur would seriously consider leaving the Devils, even if there are rumors that he will test free agency this summer. If he does and he wants to play in Canada’s largest city, with the spotlight on him and the expectations that he will lead the Leafs to their first cup in 45 years, then Toronto should consider signing Marty to a 1 or two year contract.

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