Courtesy of frequent commenter Statman, here is an absolutely unbelievable quote from Martin Brodeur from an article by Jay Greenberg at the New York Post:
"It's nothing about style really, but about fundamentals, how I get myself in position to make the save that's important to me," Brodeur said. "We give up 8-10 fewer shots a game here than other places because of the way I control rebounds."
I know the Post is basically a tabloid, but unless Greenberg made it up that is a fascinating quote. Brodeur is implying that the Devils are the worst team in the league at shot prevention, and are being bailed out entirely by his efforts. We must also be forced to conclude that Scott Clemmensen, Kevin Weekes, and every other backup goalie the team has had during Brodeur's career also has terrific rebound control skills, because they aren't facing 8-10 fewer shots per game (in fact, after getting peppered over the weekend, Brodeur moved to within just 0.2 shots against per game of Clemmensen). By implying that his team was allowing enough dangerous shots that an NHL-calibre goalie would give up that many rebounds, and that the other team could actually get their sticks on those rebounds even if they were available, Brodeur is throwing his defence under a bus without even realizing it. For the sake of reference, a good estimate of the average number of rebound shots faced by an NHL goalie in a single game is 2 or less.
Martin Brodeur is one of the best puckhandling goalies ever, and one of the best goalies in the league at controlling rebounds, and yet he apparently isn't even in the correct order of magnitude in terms of estimating the actual effect of those things. That is something to make one think long and hard about the relative worth of subjective evaluation compared to statistical analysis.