Worst Season Starting Goalie in NHL history

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Worst Season Starting Goalie in NHL history

  1. Scott Darling 2017-2018

    66.7%
  2. The Field (Though I'd like to see the names and Seasons)

    33.3%
  1. Tryamw

    Tryamw Registered User

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    Hi I'm a canes fan and for a brief while a Scott Darling apologist.
    At this point he needs to be gone from the NHL canes.
    But I pondered a Question
     
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  2. sheriff bart

    sheriff bart 'scuse me while I whip this out

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    We are the best at being worst. Don't take that from us

    Darling by a mile
     
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    Boom Boom Apathy Sooo Good

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    Why stop there?



    And he almost gave another one away last night by misplaying it behind the net and was saved by the Ranger player missing the net. Check the full game recap at about the 2:40 mark.
     
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    Someone give his sister a link to this poll.
     
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    Machinehead Ronald 7:4

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    Mike "Long Rebound!" Dunham from 2003-04 has to be up there.
     
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    Literally the only competition I can think of for the guy is Toskalol, and even then Darling's putting up worse numbers then he ever did with Toronto.
     
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    If she finds it on her own fine but I 'd request no one contact her about it directly. It's just not a nice thing to do.
     
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    iSophagus I ate an iPod shuffle

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    I'm thinking Dan Cloutier.

    I'll have to come back later with some stats to back it up.
     
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    Regular Season Cloutier? No, he was not Carolina Darling bad while in Vancouver, not sure about before then. Playoff Cloutier? I'll give you that one.
     
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    iSophagus I ate an iPod shuffle

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    Some quick google work found a gem in Ken McAuley. He was the starter for the Rangers in 1943-44 and 1944-45. A legit starter, too, as that's what we need to qualify. He started all but 4 games over 2 seasons with NYR.

    '43-'44 saw him put up a GAA of 6.24 and only 6 wins in 50 games. 50 games! 6-39-5.

    Career numbers: 17-64-15 and a 5.61 GAA.
     
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    iSophagus I ate an iPod shuffle

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    Ya, I did some digging and you're right. He never had one season as bad as Darling right now. His raw numbers never looked that bad at all, to my surprise. I stand corrected on Cloutier.
     
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    Baseball has the Mendoza Line

    NHL goaltending is about to have the Darling Line
     
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    Sebastien Caron in 2004
    40 games (2 other goalies played 20ish each)
    .883 Sv%
    3.74 GAA

    This was in the final season prior to the lockout which was the lowest scoring season in the modern era of the NHL. These numbers would have been bad in the wide open late 80s and early 90's. He allowed .69 more goals per game and had a save percentage of more than 1% worse than any other starter in the NHL that season.
     
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    Thanks :) those are some bad numbers.
     
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    Hey look, another Canes goalie (Irbe)
     
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    In terms of pure crap goals, Toskala and Bernier when he was on the leafs were amazingly bad.

    is this just a case of the Chicago team making Darling look better than he was?
     
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    Partly, but he's also seemingly lost all fundamentals of goaltending. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. No hyperbole, every single shot he faces feels like it might go in. I'm surprised every time he makes any save a puck hits him and doesn't go in the net.
     
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    He's not having the worst season ever. But he has looked terrible. I'll take the field.

    His numbers were good in Chicago, but if you watched those games you wouldn't walk away thinking Darling is an amazing goalie.
     
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    Mentally, I don't think he was strong enough to be a starting goalie in the NHL. He got in his own head from the start this year, and just kept putting more and more and more pressure on himself to do well. The second he would let in a bad goal, his body language changed and he started pressing. For most goalies, they would brush it off, but Darling would just let it fester.

    Its so bad now he's just a complete headcase. Mechanics and fundamentals are completely shot to hell and nonexistent. Last night he was playing angles vs the body rather than the puck. He has no business suiting up in the NHL ever again after the conclusion of this season. Certainly not in a starter's role. He's not capable of it.
     
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    What's this about his sister? Is she super protective of her brother?
     
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    Dam thats to bad. I was always a fan of his when he was in Chicago and i thought he was going to be an average starter at worst in Carolina. I would give him some time next year to hopefully turn it around
     
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    Don't know if they are definitively worse, but 07-08 Andrew Raycroft and 09-10 Vesa Toskala want their honorable mentions here.
     
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    I know he wasn't a starter but remember how bad Kidd was for us lol
     
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    She takes to Twitter nightly to publicly rip into the Canes players and broadcasters for not being a worthy enough team for Scott to be playing on.
     
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