Problem is, the vast majority of GMs don't think in those terms. There's a lot of groupthink in the NHL. Maybe that's why those that have tended to avoid it -- Lou and Red Wings management -- have been consistently good over the years.
Even Holmgren, who is a pretty good GM, threw a ton of money at Bryz.
The only other thing I wonder from Marty's view is the fear that the Devils are actually good again next year with another goalie, which will lead even more to question how good he actually is. Pop-psychology most likely.
Bryz was a very good goalie, and I think, still is. I don't think GMs around the league are lining up to sign a 40 year old guy - they saw what happened to Roloson last year, and they've seen to some degree what's been happening with Brodeur. Everyone around the league has gotten a guy they think can start except maybe Toronto. And Toronto's a team in a rebuild.
We have 27m in cap space to sign Parise and Broduer and a bunch of spare parts. What else are you going to do with it? Yada yada "the owners have Lou under a tighter cap figure" etc etc, there's still plenty of money to give Marty another year at his rate. Marty was also underpaid for a long time and I'd rather reward his loyalty than split hairs over 1-2m and then also have to scramble to solve our new problem: needing a starting goalie, which will prob cost us around 4-5m anyway.
Try to actually make a profit instead of throwing away $1M on a sub-average goalie? Brodeur hasn't been 'a starting goalie' for 2 years. He had a great playoffs, but that doesn't leave me fully convinced he won't start out the season horrible (again).
Edited by Triumph, 29 June 2012 - 10:30 AM.