Martin Jones Save Percentage, Career
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Jones stops 9 consecutive Ducks in the shootout. I know, I know, it'd be more impressive if he did it against NHL caliber opposition. Still, not bad.
Roman Emperor Comparable: Theodosius I
Theodosius I (379-395) spent most of his reign in the Eastern Empire, rising to power after the Goths killed the emperor Valens at the Battle of Adrianople in 378. Theodosius inherited a basically impossible situation - the Eastern field army annihilated, a massive Gothic horde loose in the empire - and did a decent job salvaging it. He was forced to allow many Goths to settle as a unified, mostly autonomous group within Roman territory, which would have major negative consequences down the road.
In 394 instability in the other half of the empire forced Theodosius to march his armies West. His army (at this point composed largely of Gothic mercenaries) met the forces of the usurper Eugenius in modern-day Slovenia. Theodosius's initial attacks were bloodily repulsed, and his position began to look hopeless by the second day. Then a massive windstorm called the bora kicked up, blowing straight into the faces of Eugenius's men and providing the opportunity Theodosius needed to crush his opponent. Theodosius emerged as sole ruler of the Roman Empire but died of dropsy just four months later.
The bora was incredibly lucky for Theodosius, and Martin Jones probably also had good fortune this year. Regression hit Theodosius pretty hard. Hopefully Jones fares a bit better.
Jones will be the backup goalie next year, and might have some extra work early in the season if Jonathan Quick is slow recovering from wrist surgery. Jones hit restricted free agency after 2014-15. I'm guessing his price will stay low enough that he could serve as Quick's backup for a few more years.
A. Jones wasn't given a chance to make a big impact this year, but in his few opportunities he performed about as well as could possibly be hoped.