Some real tough choices up there and I too struggled with how to 'define' best goalie.
So what I decided to do was take a cross section of the various criteria and see which name keeps coming up the most when studied under those criteria.
Hmm...which guy would I trust if I needed one win THAT night? Brayden Holtby
Which guy would I like to build my team around for the next several years? Braden Holtby
Which guys seems the least fazed even
I still put Price and Holtby at the top, with any number of names filling out the top 5-10 after that. Murray has 2 Cups, but Fleury was just as much a part of the last one, plus Murray has only been a full time starter for 2 years. I tend to give the guys who have consistently been at the top for 3+ years the edge over guys with less experience.
I also don't put as much stock into wins by a goalie as much as I used to, so I think the Cups argument for a guy like Quick isn't as stron
I actually like the question as phrased (poorly). I think it's an interesting study of how people interpret "best" when left to their own measurement. It is vague and somewhat subjective, which is what I think is the point.
Having said that. I went back and ranked goalie stats from 2010-11 season to end of 2016-17. I'm not sure I had a conscious reason for not including so far this year, but I don't feel like going back and re-doing it. Plus, this year is such a small sample
Because they got good goaltending last year. They had the sixth best GAA in the league last year and the third best in the west.
They finished 8 points out of the 2nd wildcard. Goaltending wasn't the problem. They had the 25th best offense. Quick wasn't going to help that.
It's not a matter of 8th getting hot and winning. They weren't getting into the playoffs with or without Quick.