again, i can love marty for everything he's done for this franchise and believe me i do. but quotes today do not sit well with me.
"we knew it"
"we don't score."
"we lost a top 3 guy in zach"
do you notice a theme?
what i notice is there is no "I".
marty has been a below average goaltender for two years now. he had some spurts last year and then a fantastic round 2 and 3 and a pretty good finals. if he is an average goaltender this year and gives them a .905 - .910 save percentage, they are likely in the playoffs.
yes, losing parise hurt. and when kovalchuk went down, that hurt more. but marty was plenty part of that 10 game losing streak. yet there's nothing you hear about that from him.
hopefully lou did learn from losing parise and realizing that zajac and an educated shot in the dark like bobby butler can't replace that in the aggregate. i hope it makes him realize that elias and clarkson need to be retained and another scoring forward needs to be brought in some way. i think he's hoping that he drafts it this year.
i hope his thinking is that a guy like boucher can compete for a spot in camp and that he's not penciling that in because that's a big mistake.
but for those bashing marty and those protecting him as above reproach, the truth is in the middle. he's an important part of this team and just as much a reason as any for where they are today.
His quotes summed up:
While Brodeur has been an average to below average goaltender for a few years now, you have to score goals to support your goaltender. Look how good Lundqvist looks now. When the Rangers were almost last in offense he was in the same boat as Brodeur. Perfect or lose. And Lundqvist is the current Vezina winner not a 40+ legend hanging on.
Losing Parise was the biggest FA player loss in this franchise's history (one can argue Niedermayer which would be an interesting debate). Lou Lamoriello simply did not upgrade the team's talent level. While there was a steal of a trade made and some good, low risk depth moves made during the season there was ZERO attempt to upgrade the roster with any sort of talent from July 4th to the trade deadline. The team's biggest goat is the man sitting in the GM's chair. He's too old, stubborn and set in his ways. The game has passed him by and the way you deal with players has as well. He treaded water with players 20+ years ago and he still hasn't learned his lesson. The one time he breaks rank and signs a player (Zajac) he proceeds to show the other FA's on the team "what about us"? Not to mention the questions of why wasn't this done with Parise as far back as 2010 when you just knew it was Parise or Kovalchuk, not both.
While brodeur is getting his fair share of it and rightfully so, the man in the GM's chair deserves more, if not most.
Edited by TheRedStorm, 21 April 2013 - 07:13 PM.