Ryan Miller didn't win the gold medal, but the Sabres' goalie was named the MVP of the Olympic hockey tournament and raised his stature as an elite goalie. Miller's name will now be in the discussion when hockey types argue who is the best goaltender in the NHL -- and in the world.
There's no clear-cut choice right now. Martin Brodeur has three Stanley Cups and the NHL career records for wins and shutouts. But Brodeur lost his job as Canada's goalie in the tournament. He will turn 38 in May. He hasn't played in a conference final in seven seasons.
Vancouver's Roberto Luongo backstopped Canada to the gold. He's been acknowledged as one of the elite goalies for several years. But he has not been a big-game goalie until this year's Olympics. Luongo still has a lot to prove as a big-time netminder in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Anaheim's Jonas Hiller was tremendous for Switzerland in the Olympics. He would have to be considered. Tomas Vokoun of Florida leads NHL goalies in save percentage with a .931 mark. San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov has terrific numbers this season for a very good team. But he got lit up for Russia in the Games.
There are a lot of very good goalies in the sport right now, but no single goalie who stands above the rest. So there's room for a goalie to make a big statement in this year's Cup playoffs and in coming years. Maybe Miller will be that guy. What do you think? Is he the best goalie in the world after his Olympic heroics? And if not, who would you pick?
We're not going on career achievement (Brodeur would win hands down), but who you think is the best right now.
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