Okay we all love Marty for what he's done for this organization. Maybe the injury he got isn't fully healed and he knows his time in the NHL is limited so he decided to play and next year he'll come back strong again. Moose just isn't a starter. All fantasies aside, let's take a look at what options we have for goal tending next year.
I really wish Lou had gone hard for Ben Bishop but it's too late to worry about that.
In the system
Marty Brodeur - Might be time to hang em up. If anything he can't start the majority of the games anymore. Could end up surprising everyone though and catch fire in what will probably be his last year.
Johan Hedberg - Love ya Moose. Personally I think it's time to hang em up. Maybe he can be a back up to a back up. Or maybe he can stay on as a goalie coach and help Terrerri.
Keith Kinkaid - Looks like he might be ready next year. Is he ready enough to give us a winning season though? Maybe if he splits time with Marty or another starter.
Scott Wedgewood - Probably won't be ready yet.
Maxime Clermont - Probably won't be ready yet.
Personally I don't think the Devils have the assets to spare to land a good goalie via trade unless Lou can work his magic. I'd prefer he doesn't use any 1st or 2nd round picks as we have a future to worry about. Maybe he can offer up Josefson, Tedenby, and one of our defensive prospects with a 3rd or something.
Some of the potential trade options:
Johnathon Bernier (LA) - $1,250,00/RFA 2013
Ryan Miller (Buff) - $6,250,000/UFA 2014
Roberto Luongo (Van) - $5,333,333/UFA 2022
Cory Schneider (Van) - $4,000,000/UFA 2015
Jaroslav Halak (Stl) - $3,750,000/UFA 2014
Bernier has been rumored to be a target for NJ. LA has Quick and it looks like they're going to stick with him. Probably our best trade option.
Miller has been rumored to be on the block this year. But do we really want him?
We all know the situation in Vancouver. We don't know which one will be dealt. I'm sure they'd like out of that Luongo contract but who's willing to take that one on? Maybe he gets bought out. Maybe they're stuck dealing Schneider.
Stl has 3 potential starters and it's rumored Halak could be dealt.
Free agency might be the best option for NJ as they should have cap space to spare (as long a s Lou doesn't overpay for Clarkson) and they won't have to give up any key assets. Plus if our prospects are looking good he only has to sign a UFA to a short term to give them time to get acclimated.
2013 Goal tending UFA's (and their age) [I'm just going to leave off anyone over the age of 35]:
Chad Johnson (26)
Ray Emery (30)
Anton Khudobin (26)
Jimmy Howard (29) [rumored to be on the verge of signing an extension with Det]
Jason Labarbera (33)
Mike Smith (31)
I've probably missed a could of potential options. I can add them to the OP if need be.
Edited by Jerzey Devil, 11 April 2013 - 10:18 AM.