@TSNBobMcKenzie: Ben Bishop has been told he's been traded from OTT to TB. #tradecentre
I thought the Devils would make a move for Bishop.
This team realizes they're going to be a disaster in net next year right?
You don't know that yet. Why not wait until next season before making that "disaster" declaration? I'm guessing at the very least, Hedberg will not be back.
Brodeur is obviously a much trickier situation. It's been mentioned on multiple threads, but the save%s since 2010-11 have not been good. He did play well in last year's playoff run overall. What it makes it all tricky is his situation is a little bit like Messier's with the Rangers, at the end. No, Brodeur is probably not what he was. He is probably going to be roughly the same player he's been since 2010, which has been inconsistent...there's clearly been times he's looked like the old Brodeur, and other times he's just looked old. He'll be 41 years old to start next season. At the very best, I would expect more of what he's been since 2010, as I don't know how I can realistically expect better than that, given the age and miles, and the fact that he's basically been this version of Marty for a while now.
As we all know, he's under contract for next season, and as a result, really has the power here. As long as he's healthy in 2013-14, I don't think he's going to pressure the Devils to start him in a ridiculous number of games, but I don't think he'll settle for starting less than 50 as long as he's feeling good. And that, in ways, is where his situation reminds me of Messier's a little. He's a longtime star. He's been a winner with this organization, and a huge part of its success. Part of what makes guys like Marty what he is is that he doesn't quit on himself and still thinks he can contribute...it's a big part of the reason he was able to salvage the past few seasons, where at times it looked like he could finish with flat-out embarrassing numbers, but fought back to make them at least not painful on the eyes. But guys like him are proud, usually so much so that they don't really see themselves as what they are, but what they were.
Anyway, where I am going with all of this...I don't think the Devils dare try to push him into retirement, or into a backup/1B role...Marty is holding the cards on this one, and though I'm not even going to try to get inside his head, it wouldn't surprise if a part of him felt he was entitled to that, after everything he's done for them, from being one of the best goalies ever to play the game, to almost always taking less than market value, and making negotitations for he and Lou almost painless as a result. And even if Marty finishes this season with a sub-.900 save% and the bottom falls out, I think he STILL goes into next season as the #1 guy, because I don't think anyone in the organization mentions the "R" word (retirement) or "B" word (backup) unless Marty does first. At any rate, it's a delicate situation. I have no idea how I would handle it if I was Lou.
Next season could get really dicey if Marty slumps, and the backup gets hot or simply outplays him. I'd really hate to see him go out that way.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 04 April 2013 - 06:42 AM.