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Brodeur: Luongo, Price and Smith should be Team Canada goalies

Oct 30, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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One of the greatest netminders ever has his choices for who should represent Team Canada in goal at the Winter Olympics.

Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ legend that’s won two Olympic golds, told TSN 1050 that Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Montreal’s Carey Price and Phoenix’s Mike Smith should be the three Canadian netminders for the ’14 Sochi games.

“I think it’s Luongo’s job to lose,” Brodeur explained. “He’s had a decent season so far and I think he should be the one who has a chance to start the tournament.”

Brodeur then alluded to the fact that heading into the Olympics as a starter doesn’t mean much. He speaks from experience — in 2010, Brodeur went into the Vancouver games as Canada’s No. 1, only to be usurped by Luongo, who went on to backstop his country to the gold medal.

As for the other goalies?

“I like Mike Smith, the way he plays the game, and Carey Price is probably going to be my second goalie if I had to pick,” Brodeur explained. “So there’s my three right there — Luongo, Smith and Carey Price.”

Luongo, Smith and Price were three of the five goalies invited to Canada’s summer orientation camp — Chicago’s Corey Crawford and Washington’s Braden Holtby were the others.

Brodeur and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, Canada’s other two goalies from the ’10 team, were not invited.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Brodeur – what a mensch!

    • patthehockeyfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Definition of mensch: a person of integrity and honor

      I don’t care that people thumbed-down my comment; everyone is entitled to his / her opinion. I just want to make sure that my comment was understood.

  2. withseidelinn - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Price is overrated.

    • packerswin96 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Yes his 2.02 GAA and .939 sv% are just terrible!

    • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Maybe you’re just flaming…. idk You can argue that he hasn’t been very consistent, but to say he’s overrated is to underestimate is value. He has impressive credentials leading up to the NHL, and is playing well thus far.

      During his draft year he recorded 8-shutouts, a 2.34 goals against average (GAA) and a .920 save percentage. In his last year in the WHL, he was awarded the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL goaltender of the year and was named to the WHL First All-Star Team. He was also named CHL Goaltender of the Year.Price went on to lead the Bulldogs to a 15–6 playoff record and the 2007 Calder Cup championship, posting an impressive 2.06 GAA and .936 save percentage. He is also the only goaltender in hockey history to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy the same year as playing junior.

      He appeared in four games, earning a silver medal as Team Canada was defeated by the United States 5–1 in the gold medal game. Two years later in Sweden he led Team Canada to a third consecutive gold medal and was named Tournament MVP and Top Goaltender after going 6-0 with 2 shutouts, a 1.14 GAA and .961 save percentage.

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I think Brodeur has got it down from his comments. At this point in the season those are the 3 Canadian golies that are deserving of the placement on the team.

    Many other people here will disagree and say that so-and-so had a great year last year, or has had a good month etc…

    However looking at the crop of 5 that were invited, and looking around the NHL…I would say these 3 would be my pick as well.

    I’m a huge Devils fan, however I know that Marty is one of the best goalies of all time (if not the best). But in the past few years he has declined…those 3 have stayed relatively competative, and their records and playing ability has show it.

    Crawford and Holtby….no disrespect to either of them…but Luongo, Price and Smith are looking a little brighter to me as well.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Agreed with Lu and Smitty
    But I haven’t seen price be consistent enough in Big games

  5. jacketsfan7 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Agreed with Lu and Smitty
    But I haven’t seen price be consistent enough in Big games

  6. justinhbhb - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I hope Carey Price get’s the starting gig, give him some confidence to play well in the playoffs this year!!

  7. 19to77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Numbers aren’t everything, but I’m just gonna throw this out there:

    Josh Harding – 1.00 GAA and .953 SV% in 9 games.
    Carey Price – 2.02 GAA and .939 SV% in 11 games.
    Jonathan Bernier – 2.34 GAA and .930 SV% in 9 games.
    James Reimer – 1.99 GAA and .949 SV% in 6 games.
    STEVE FREAKING MASON – 2.25 GAA and .928 SV% in 9 games.
    Roberto Luongo – 2.50 GAA and .908 SV% in 11 games.

    Like I said. Numbers aren’t everything. But still – Luongo’s got the Vancouver D corps in front of him. They’re too good for his numbers to be that poor – and their winning record says they’re succeeding in SPITE of his save percentage. Know who else has better numbers than Luongo? Crawford, Smith, Ward, Holtby and Fleury.

    All I’m sayin’ is, give Reimer, Bernier and even Harding and Mason some long, hard looks and if Luongo doesn’t go on a tear quickly, seriously consider that he’s not actually the best option in our talent pool anymore.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Don’t get the selection of Smith and Luongo. Coprey Crawford had a better save% and GAA last year and this as well.

  9. blackhawks2010 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Pick Loungo please!

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