Vanbiesbrouck wrote:He does not steal games. He won several games on good preformances last season. He saw a ton of shots every game, so if he happened to be on, then statistically, he had a great game.
As I mentioned, people that watch the game don't need to quantify a goalie stealing a game by citing stats or scores. It's a big save in a close game at the right moment. It's a goalie being in a zone and having a calming influence on his team and slowing the play when necessary. It's stopping a breakaway in a run and gun game, to send your team breaking back on a 2 on 1. See: Martin Brodeur.
The definition of stealing a game has changed so many times I am not even sure where we are at on it anymore. What does facing a lot of shots have to do with it? How about a game versus Washington where he stops 23/24 through two periods and then a 3-1 close game turns into an 8-1 blowout in the third? There were a few games where he was stellar early on and then the team found their stride to win a game? The reason I gave examples is that I was trying to figure out what you were trying to say, so once again I will ask what you think of the 45 saves in Philly right before he was sent down?
I can understand why one would be hesitant to sign Fleury long term if they were unsure about his future potential, I just disagree with your evaluation of him. I am not being sarcastic but how many games did you see him play? I am just curious.