I think this is kind of her point. That's how significant Dubnyk is. When the team has a goaltender that is solid, they trust him and focus on the offensive end, not having to worry about cheating back to "help out".
And the Wild has had solid goaltending for most of their existence. It's been their trademark. Manny Fernandez, Dwayne Roloson, Ilya Bryzgalov, Niklas Backstrom, Devan Dubnyk. Their biggest problem is they can never score. Only recently under Boudreau have they been in the top 10 in the league for scoring. Generally they hang middle of the pack or lower.
Wings fan weighing in, IMHO it has to be hands down Suter. We have the most vanilla boring defense in the league, a bunch of pylons, a couple of times a month Green remembers to rush the puck and Kronwall's knee allows him to be the player he once was a few shifts a game but other than that.......
A guy like Suter who can and does play big minutes in each and every situation, often double shifting he can cover up for a lot of mistakes by others. A brilliantly underrated player. Lidstrom had just retired and I was heartbroken when he signed in Minny, I was hoping with all my heart that he was going to wear the winged wheel. IMHO he is one of the most underrated players in the game.
That's pretty spot-on.
However we also have players like Coyle and Koivu who always seem to find themselves behind offensive opponents or on the outside edges of them (instead of in front of them) right out in front of the net. They aren't the only ones but they stand out more than others. Poking a stick out toward the puck after a player already gets a shot off isn't effective.
A significant goal tender wouldn't be giving up those types of rebounds.
Which brings to mind to keep the thread on topic.
While I agree a goalie should be the most significant player on the ice, Dubnyk doesn't fit the bill. His role is significant but he isn't.
To those saying Dubnyk is significant: Who would you rather have as a goalie - Devan Dubnyk or Marc-Andre Fleury?