Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:50 PM
What should be really hard to swallow is the sub-.900 SV% the Devils endured last year. It can't be allowed to repeat. If NJ trades down in this draft, that could cover the difference.
This. Thanks to Marty for everything last thing he's done, and I mean ALL of it, and I won't ever say a bad word about him, and nothing against Hedberg, but damn if the Devils' goalie situation for 2013-14 shouldn't have us all plenty nervous. Agree, Devils should be doing what they can to find a 1/1A-type at a reasonable price...especially since there's a minimal chance that a tandem of Brodeur/Hedberg will be terribly effective or healthy next season.
It sucks to have to acknowledge this, but like Tri said, I think Marty is as likely to be washed-up as he is to be anything approaching what he once was. This upcoming season to me feels like a "Hung on one season too long" feel for Marty. I understand how it all came about, and the reasons behind it, and why a guy like Marty isn't giving up/walking away, and I won't rehash it here. But I think this final year will be a rough one. I hope if it gets really REALLY ugly, he will retire in-season if he has to...no shame in that at all. I would hate to see Marty sputtering with a save% in the high .870s-low .880s come mid-December.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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