Thus far, I've made my case that Brodeur is an overrated goalie with an excellent defence in front of him. This is shown by, among other things, the strong performances of his mediocre backups and what other goalies have done in similar defensive systems. He has faced few shots against, relatively few difficult chances, and few opposing power plays. Despite these advantages, he has put up unimpressive save percentage numbers throughout his career.
Brodeur's record in clutch situations in the playoffs is not outstanding, and his overall playoff performance is weaker than the best of his peers. The Devils have had playoff success at times even when they did not receive strong play from the goaltending position.
More than anything, Brodeur's success appears to stem from his durability and his teammates, neither of which are particularly good reasons to rank him as the best goalie in the league, much less one of the best of all time. I have demonstrated that all three of his Vezina Trophy wins were undeserved, and that even despite being favored by voters ahead of statistically similar peers throughout his career, he does not have the award recognition to match the all-time greats.
However, judging by reader feedback, not everyone is convinced by the evidence presented. Here's your chance to defend Brodeur by pointing out errors in my position, or contributing alternative viewpoints and hopefully evidence, statistical or otherwise, in support of Marty.
What am I missing with Martin Brodeur? Does his puckhandling save so many goals per year to make up for any other deficits? His intangibles ("inspires his teammates", "leadership", consistency") are often cited - can they be quantified? If they are so effective, why haven't they shown up clearly in his goaltending record? What else does Brodeur bring to the table that other star goalies do not? Or is it all about the career wins, Cups, and gold medals, and who cares how he got them?
Thanks for the continued feedback, positive and negative, as we continue to search for better ways to evaluate the position of hockey goaltender.