In the game of hockey, even the best goaltenders of all time lose every once in a while—such is the nature of the NHL.
On those rare occasions, fans of Tim Thomas, Martin Brodeur or Henrik Lundqvist may hear themselves complain about why their team's star can't stop nearly every shot he faces. They may grumble about why an All Star isn't enough, that what their team truly needs is the "ultimate goaltender."
That was just a selfish pipe dream, of course, that subsided the next day when logic kicked back in.
Well, until now.
No, we're not referring to some long-since-retired Hall of Fame legend like Terry Sawchuck or Jacques Plante. No, we're not going to go on some rambling claim about why a little-known prospect (who also happens to be a cousin) will take that title in a few years.
No, this faultless goalie is not a single player but rather a combination of modern-day stars—modern-day stars who, with their attributes blended like McDonald's new mango-pineapple smoothie, create a netminder fully worthy of impeccable status.
But what will the ultimate goalie look like? What kind of statistics will he be capable of? And which real players will donate a skill to his creation?
It might be a tad bit difficult to answer those first two questions (don't worry, the robotics engineer is on the phone now, though), but we're going to give our take on the latter: which eight current stars will be sharing a dominant talent with their new ultimate competition?
Let's just take a look.