Martin Brodeur's place among the top NHL goaltenders of all-time may be up for debate, but most in the goal-preventing world agree there will probably never be another goalie like Brodeur, who called it quits on his 21-year career on Thursday.
It's not just the staggering numbers and accolades Brodeur amassed during a career spent almost entirely with the New Jersey Devils, a list that includes the most wins (691) and shutouts (125) in NHL history, as well as three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies.
Records are made to be broken, after all. It isn't likely, however, that these goaltending records will fall to another goalie using the old-style technique employed by Brodeur during his two-decade stay with the Devils and a short stint this season with the St. Louis Blues.
Brodeur rejected the butterfly revolution at a time when his peers were starting to embrace it. He remained on his skates when everyone else was learning to play from their knees. Brodeur did add some butterfly elements late in his career, but never fully adopted them.