April 27 2012 11:41AM
I work with a few numbers to judge goaltenders, usually in the modern era dealing with even strength save percentage, quality starts and blow-ups, looking for the right balance of overall value and consistency.
There is a bit of an issue with doing that over a year-to-year span, however. NHL save percentages have crept up since 1984 when the league started recording shots on goal, with better goaltending and better overall defensive schemes, keeping goals off the board.
So how can we stack Roberto Luongo up against his Canuck kin? Not by overall save percentage, since Kirk McLean's .901 in 1992 is probably much more impressive than Dan Cloutier's .901 a few years later. Luongo owns six of the top seven save percentage seasons in franchise history, with Cloutier's 2004 mark coming the closest to him.
Our friend Bruce Arthur at the National Post has suggested over Twitter several times about the prospect of coming up with an "era adjusted save percentage" statistic mirroring OPS+ in baseball, but I'd like to go a little further. What I really want to know when judging a goalie is "how valuable was he," as in, "how many goals did he save the club?"
April 26 2012 09:57PM
It's no secert by now that Roberto Luongo is on his way out of Vancouver. All but usurped by the younger and cheaper Corey Schneider this year, word is the latter won't sign with the team this offseason while the former is around. Also, the older guy has asked for a trade anyways.
April 26 2012 01:43PM
Daniel Sedin and Jonathan Quick after the Canucks first round ouster
at the hands of the LA Kings.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. The Canucks are out. The Coyotes have advanced. Let’s be real, there is nothing exciting about this.
April 26 2012 08:21AM
There is no shortage of relevant Canucks topics to discuss right now. Planning for the summer and beyond seems a tad premature, as does writing a eulogy for Roberto Luongo as a Canuck. Will Mason Raymond be back? Much to the chagrin of many, I’ll say yes. What happens to Keith Ballard? Do the Canucks address the lack of a playmaker on the second line? Who do they build the third line around? The answers to these questions will come in due time.
April 26 2012 08:19AM
We knew that Roberto Luongo’s comments yesterday about being willing to waive his no-trade clause were of interest, and were bound to help feed speculation this summer. What we didn’t know was that he’d actually requested a trade.
To be fair, we don’t have official confirmation on that last point from the player or the organization. But at this point, it sounds all but confirmed.