Who does journalist Damien Cox think is the most dominant goaltender of the modern era?
If you guessed that it was the goalie who is likely to break the career wins and shutouts records this season, and whose autobiography Cox co-wrote, well, you don't win a prize.
Cox goes on to refer to Brodeur's alleged "destruction of the NHL record books" and argues that 6 early regular season games prove Brodeur deserves the starting job at the 2010 Olympics. If I was someone like Cox who placed a heavy emphasis on team stats like wins and shutouts, I might be more concerned by Brodeur's 13-16 record in the Olympics and NHL playoffs combined since the lockout. I might even suggest that to be a more important sample than shutouts against Atlanta in October, but I'm not a mainstream journalist so what do I know?
My standard response to the "OMG, Brodeur is the Gretzky of goaltending and is going to smash every single goalie record eva!!1!!1!" school of thought continues to be this: How come Martin Brodeur doesn't hold a single record for GAA or save percentage, including career, single season, career playoff, or single playoff marks, as well as times leading the league in either?
With respect to that last one, times leading the league, something that I think most reasonable people would consider to be important evidence when considering who has been the most dominant, Brodeur has only ever led the league once in GAA and has never led the league in save percentage. Let's compare that to some of his contemporaries: Roy led 3 times in GAA and 4 times in save percentage, Hasek led twice in GAA and 6 times in save percentage, and even Belfour led twice in GAA and twice in save percentage. You can make a case for Brodeur as an all-time great, but then you should be using the words "longevity", "reliable", "durable", "valuable" and "team success". And unless you want to remind everyone of this guy, both in terms of his name and his play, you should probably stay away altogether from the word "dominant".