Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:12 AM
It's funny, Brodeur started to say he'd probably be back next year right when he started to turn it around, and I was like, oh man, what is this guy thinking? This could easily be a fluke. But it seems like he had some sort of revelation about his game and since then he's been the old Brodeur. I'm still worried about a possible Roloson-ing if he did come back - they've got to get him a better backup than Hedberg - but barring a meltdown in the playoffs, I'm mildly comfortable with the notion of Brodeur returning. And I would've never believed that 2 months ago.
I'm on the fence about Brodeur coming back. I've said it before, but being that there's never been a player with a career workload like Marty's, it's so hard predict how good he'll be. Yeah, back in December, I felt sad for the very first time watching Brodeur. It would be easy to say that I knew Marty would turn it around eventually, because of his unbelievable track record, but I had no idea if he would ever get it going again...at his age, how could anyone know what he's going to do? All I want for him is to go out on top, or as close to it as possible. If he continues what he's done during this resurgence, and finishes the season with, say, 34 wins and a .910 save% or something like that, I think he can leave the game with his head held very high, regardless of what may happen in the playoffs. There's a part of me that would like to see him call it quits right there, rather than risking coming back nest season, starting slow, and possibly never recovering. But like you say, at least you feel better about him taking that chance that you did two months ago.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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