The best NHL goalies may be the most valuable men in all of sports, whereas the worst (understandably) end up the most despised.
A hockey goalie can either carry an average team or destroy a great one.
Compare the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins' teams of the 2010-11 season. A loaded Philadelphia Flyers squad had a much better offense and one of the league's deepest defenses.
However, the Bruins swept the Flyers, thanks to the superb play of Tim Thomas and the forgettable play of Philadelphia's goaltending.
Simply put, some starters are just better than others.