Hold off on the Brodeur love fest please! He's not as close to the record as you think!
You're pretty confused at this point. Blame Gary Bettman. O yea and that crazy little thing called a shootout.
In reality, Mr. Brodeur has 515 wins NOT 542. At least in the reality of "Hey I wanna pass the all time wins record, and put possibly the best goalie ever in the #2 spot". Patrick Roy did NOT have the benefit of a Shootout. If he did, this discussion wouldn't even be on the horizon, because you can bet your autographed curtains that he would have won at least half of his 131 ties. Yea sure Brodeur played most of his career with ties too, but he only has 105. Assuming they both win half of their ties, that's another 65 wins for Roy and 52 for Brodeur. That would leave him 49 wins shy of the record, and like I said, this conversation doesn't happen this season.
Back to reality. Obviously the game of hockey has changed over the years, as all sports do. This makes it very hard for statisticians to keep a fair count on records and who holds them. I understand this. But this situation is pretty clear. Martin Brodeur IS NOT the single season record holder for wins (neither is Luongo for the same reasons). It's still Bernie Parent. He didn't have shootouts either, yet still managed to win 47 games. As for the career record, shootouts are obviously now part of the game. However that doesn't mean that we should start handing out records to players who haven't really earned them. I have no problem with Brodeur being the all-time leader so long as he earns it! That means he needs to win another 36 games in regulation or OT to claim the record.
Am I wasting my breath with this whole thing? It's debatable, since the last time Brodeur failed to win at least 36 games was the 96-97 season. So it's more than fair to say that he breaks the record this season either way. The career one anyway. He'll never be the single season leader.