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Brodeur thinks Luongo should start for Canada

Jan 3, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of Canada adjusts his helmet during the ice hockey Men's Qualification Playoff game between Germany and Canada on day 12 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 23, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
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In the 2002 Winter Olympics, Martin Brodeur replaced Curtis Joseph as Team Canada’s starting goalie and helped his country win its first gold medal in half a century.

Eight years later, it was Brodeur who was supplanted by Roberto Luongo during the tournament, and Canada once went on to win gold on home ice in Vancouver.

So, what does Brodeur think should happen in 2014?

“I think when you win the gold medal, you deserve the chance to defend it until someone takes you down,” he said today, per The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

But while Brodeur thinks Luongo should keep his job until he loses it, he also said that Montreal’s Carey Price was pushing for the role.

Once Team Canada’s roster is announced on Tuesday, this is likely to be the biggest debate heading into the Sochi Games, at least as far as Canada is concerned. Neither goalie comes without baggage, and each has had his play in pressure situations questioned.

Brodeur’s argument that it should be Luongo’s job to lose could be countered with the fact that Price’s numbers this season are better (.928 save percentage to Luongo’s .920).

If we had to guess right now, head coach Mike Babcock will go with Luongo. But we reserve the right to change our guess before Feb. 13, when Canada opens the tourney versus Norway.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    i have a feeling this will be their weak spot this year…just a gut call i really have no reason i feel that way, just think they’re in for a let down this time around.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      We’ll see who’s on the roster this year. I hope they simply take the best team to Sochi rather than telegraphing their intended lineup by taking crummy role players because they won’t look out of place in checking roles (*cough* Rob Zamuner).

      Luongo and Price are both excellent goaltenders and while neither has been flawless (to say the least) either should be capable of stringing a few good games together and I’d bet that if one can’t, the other will.

  2. 66gdub - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I agree completely with Brodeur – the million dollar question is will Luongo lose it?? Like the previous poster, I can’t say I have rock solid confidence…

  3. lonespeed - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The rest of the countries playing agree.

  4. lowenni - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    It’s a toss up between Luongo and Price as starter for me…I think I’d go with Luongo because he has both international experience and more big-game experience than Price. However, I’d take Brodeur as the 3rd string, just for his presence and because there aren’t many other Canadian goaltenders doing too well this season either.

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    martin jones

    go here…check out the sweater…get used to it…you’ll be seeing a lot of it in sochi:

  6. badgerhockey77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Canada proved last Olympics that it doesn’t matter who they have in goal. They won gold in spite of Luongo and not because of him. He almost blew giving up a goal in the final minute last time around.

  7. canada2014gold - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    That’s not true, they didn’t win despite him. You don’t know hockey pal. He stood tall and he made some saves when it counted. I don’t think they would have won with Brodeur.

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