Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:36 PM
You don't 'bring on' talent when you draft a player at 9th overall. You hope that he improves enough to be able to play in the NHL (and hopefully excel). Like I said, when you look historically at the draft, only half of the guys taken between 7-11 turned out to be average or better players.
Yeah, a #9 pick is not a sure thing. Schneider at the very least has shown he play in the NHL, and stop pucks at a terrific rate.
But let's face it...if the Devils went into next season with the same goaltending tandem, it had the potential to not only be a major disaster, but disastrous at the expense of the best player ever to put on a Devils jersey. As long as Schneider plays as well as we all believe he will, Marty should be able to avoid a tough year, performance-wise. He may not play as many games as he would like, but I believe that Marty will understand that a guy in his prime stopping over 92% of the shots coming his way is better for the team than a guy who is struggling to stop 90% of the shots and is clearly on the decline. Every great player has to eventually make way for someone else. If all goes well, Marty hopefully adds 15-20 wins to his lifetime total, has some vintage Marty performances here and there, and ends his career on as high a note as is possible.
I think we saw the best of what Marty had left in that 50-games-or-so stretch of 2012 (that includes the playoffs). I don't think we'll ever get that level of play from Marty again.
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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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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.
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