Kipper best of best

MARTIN BRODEUR -- For The Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

The Vezina Trophy that I had the good fortune of winning in 2003 and 2004 should be awarded this season to Miikka Kiprusoff.

In my opinion, the Calgary Flames goalie is the logical choice for getting on the ballot.

Kiprusoff has had an exceptional season. He has had a total of 40 wins, he has had eight shutouts, he boasts a goals-against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .920. He's among the leaders in all categories.

The Flames, a team that's not known as being an offensive power, doesn't even come close to 100 points without the brilliance of Kiprusoff in front of the net.

Marty Turco, who also had 40 wins this season, is my second choice. Here's an underestimated goalie. Marty had a slow start, but he has been as regular as a Swiss watch since, and the Dallas Stars have been aware of that all season.

My third choice is the young Henrik Lundqvist, who greatly helped the New York Rangers in assuring their participation in the playoffs for the first time in eight years. However, he only took part in 52 games, which puts him at a disadvantage in the face of two others.

In Montreal, there's a lot of praise for the merits of Cristobal Huet, but with only 33 games played, the Frenchman doesn't have a chance in the race for the Vezina Trophy.

As for me, I'm not expecting to find myself among the finalists this year despite my 37 wins. It doesn't bother me to give my place to other good goalies.

Like the Devils, my season was marked by highs and lows. If I had been more consistent, I already would have 45 wins to my name!

I'm still satisfied with my accomplishments and performance in general. Our defence lost important players and the team had difficulties. Among other things, we changed our head coach during the season. I also had to play injured at the beginning of the season before being forced to miss six games due to a bad knee. All that harmed my statistics.

I recently surpassed Jacques Plante at third place for goalies in NHL career wins. I also have trouble believing that I could have attained such a plateau, me who always feels like a young man of 25!

I find it strange to surpass a legend such as Plante. I never would dare compare myself with this goalie who my father Denis knew so well and played with.

I'm now approaching second place and Terry Sawchuck (447 wins), but I have to be patient until next season to catch up with him. As for Patrick Roy, the leader with 551 wins, I will have to stay in good health for a few more seasons before being able to challenge his impressive record.


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