kind of sad when you know the brodeur that was absolutely amazing.. then the brodeur that was just average.. to the marty that is now who is pretty much past his prime.. i don't want to see him go out as a last memory of being all washed up.. i feel maybe he should have left last season gracefully ... fans have already started turning on him which is truly fvcked up and a shame.. and new fans will only know him of how his play is now.. I'm 23.. I've been watching him since i was 5 years old and he's been my hero since.. i love the guy and will truly feel sadness when he officially hangs it up... but i don't want to see the team suffer or his reputation after all he has done because he is having a hard time walking away
The thing is, Brodeur never really declined into consistently average, if you think about it. Brodeur's worst "prime" season in my opinion was 2000-01...it's the only season I can remember not feeling as confident in net as usual in the Brodeur Era. The offense really covered up for him a lot that season...his 2001 SCF was a mess. He had the four-year stretch of .906, .910, .906, and .906 save%, (2000-01 was the third of this four-year stretch), but '01 was the only season where I remember being critical of Marty's play during his prime, and the .897 save% (.870 in the Finals) he put up during the '01 playoffs was reflective of his play...he simply was not very good in those playoffs.
Outside of that...from '93-'10, the guy rarely had a prolonged down period, let alone a down season...I'm hard-pressed to think of one, and he was remarkably healthy throughout. The last three seasons for Marty haven't been consistently average as they've been consistently inconsistent, but the low end is the look of an aging guy who has lost his skills. It's reason to be concerned.
Sterio, I think the problem with you trying to play GM is that you do it from a place of fear...constantly afraid of the worst...eeeeeeeeeeeek OMG what are we going to do if this guy leaves and that guy leaves? I think what you have to accept, painful as it may be, is that after a very long period of relevance, the Devils aren't as well-equipped to keep staying in the hunt on the fly. You may have to endure a couple of years of true rebuilding. Elias is not getting any younger, and if Clarkson is due to get silly money from some GM who can't control himself, so be it. I'm not saying that I just let those walk without at least talking to them, but let's face it, the team wasn't all that great last season WITH those guys (I know Kovy being hurt didn't help, nor did the weak goaltending). You can get to a place where you're re-signing guys to maintain a status quo that may not be so great to begin with. Even if you re-sign Elias and Clarkson, then what? Bringing them back for what could be significant dollars isn't going to answer the goalie question...after this season (which will probably not be great in goal to begin with), we have NO idea who's going to be net beyond.
You can only delay the inevitable downturn for so long. The Eliases, the Brodeurs...the faces of success we've grown accustomed to for so long...they're going to change, and very soon. I don't accept that the Devils HAVE to keep Elias and HAVE to keep Clarkson, especially if someone out there wants to sign a guy like Clarkson to something overly long-term. I don't necessarily want to watch a possibly declining Elias in 2014-15, or a consistently overpaid Clarkson, just because we're so afraid of the unknown. The unknown doesn't have to be a negative by default (though it might be rough at first).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 24 June 2013 - 03:36 PM.