The New Jersey Devils have two seasoned goaltenders on their roster this season. One, 38-year-old Johan Hedberg, has been a backup most of his NHL career. The other, 39-year-old Martin Brodeur, is a lock for the Hall of Fame.
But with the two seeing action in 21 and 29 of the team's 46 games, respectively, the surprising Hedberg is performing best in Newark this year.
Brodeur's credentials are unimpeachable -- three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies. And the fact that he did it all in New Jersey gives him a strong case for the greatest player in franchise history. But this season alone, it would be difficult to argue Brodeur, not Hedberg, has given the team the best chance to win on a nightly basis.
Hedberg, known as "Moose," has played for five different teams over 10 NHL seasons. He has only started more than 50 games in a season once -- back in 2001-02, when he played in 66 for Pittsburgh. And the Swede has only played in 20 NHL playoff games, 18 of which...