C'mon, they weren't going to pay for a new goalie...Hedberg had been good his first two seasons, and Marty was coming off a more-than-adequate playoff. That being said, with having not one but two goalies who are Marty and Moose's age, where a decline can happen overnight in some cases, Lou definitely rolled the dice that both parties could be roughly what they were the past couple of seasons...in Marty's case, I think Lou was hoping he'd come close to what he did from 2/2 last season on through the playoffs. (.920 save% over that span...51 GP...that's actually pretty impressive). If you really think about it, you can understand why Lou thought these guys could defy their age.
But like we've all seen, when guys are around 40, they become real wild-cards, in terms of how they'll perform. Hedberg was a flat-out terrible puck-stopper this year, and Marty had been inconsistent the last two seasons before this one in that regard (in the first 32 GP before 2/2 last year, he was a good bit below .900 in save% for the season).
Here's how I (and I'm sure many other Devils fans...I'm not breaking any ground here) am hoping Lou handles this:
Get Hedberg off the team...nothing against him personally, but I have almost no confidence in him being able to provide competent goaltending, in either short bursts or extended runs.
Come to the realization that the 51-game stretch of .920 save%-play from Marty was probably the last extended stretch of above-average play for his career. If Lou is hoping that there's one more of those in Marty, I think Lou is making a huge mistake.
So what Lou really has to do is 1) upgrade over Hedberg (which won't be hard), 2) find a guy who is capable of playing half or more of his team's games effectively (think .910 save% or better...he doesn't have to be elite), and 3) sell it to Marty that, in his swan song season, even if he's healthy for the entire season, he really shouldn't expect to start more than 45 games, and if he's performing to the level of the '13 season and the other guy is flat-out outplaying him, he would doing himself, the Devils, and even the fans a service by willing to start roughly 30 games or so.
#1 probably won't be that tough, if Lou is willing to amnesty Hedberg, or Hedberg sees the light and retires.
#2 I'll admit I haven't looked to see who's out there, so this may not be easy, and since it seems as though some goalies are year-to-year, even the guy who looks good on paper may not pan out.
#3 will probably be a very hard sell...I think Marty firmly believes he's got more Brodeur-near-his-prime hockey left in him, which means I can't see him envisioning himself as anything other than the #1 guy for one last season...which means if Lou brings in someone who really has a shot to be a #1, and not a caddy or nothing more than a #1B to Marty's set-in-stone #1A (emphasis on A), I have a feeling Marty isn't going to like it. IF that's the case (and of course, nothing but speculation on my part...I have no idea how this is going to shake out), and Marty continues to decline, he may or may not realize that he risks some of the fanbase (some of whom already feel Marty's been selfish in the past) turning on him, in what preferably be a "Thank you for all you have done, you will be in our hearts forever" sendoff.