Speaking of 'fairness', I think this is a very fair post, probably the most so yet in opposition to my opinion. But let me point out where we differ (obviously it starts at "For that..."). I don't really think Cory has been "rewarded with the bench". I don't mean to play rhetorical games but it is important to point out hyperbole when it has an effect on the argument. It is true however, to say that Cory was not rewarded with the undisputed starting position for his play, and that he had the starting position taken away because of his play. I am not prepared to give up that many more goals - obviously 10 is a very significant number - but, I don't know what would have happened. Both goalies have been unpredictable. That's why I don't think it's a big deal that Marty starts because the Cory thing isn't necessarily bringing us victories. Neither is the Marty thing. Both have shown (perhaps Marty to a lesser degree) to be able to play well and (Cory to a lesser degree) to win and both have played like sh!t. I accept that Cory is in a funk and will come out of it but at this point in the season I can't say that I am much more confident with Cory in goal.
One thing is clear: Cory is the better goalie and needs to be the guy next year. If Marty were to re-sign and play 40 games next year I would probably explode and assert that Lou is trying to just burn the ship down before he leaves. I don't see that happening though. I think Marty will be in a different jersey next year or none at all. (And as a bold prediction, I think there is a good chance Lou might retire after this season or the next).
I think the issue is a lack of perspective. For the past two years the Devils have been a very mediocre team. So please lets not pretend that it was the goaltending, whether you think it was good or awful, that was holding this team back from being world beaters. And when the team was actually good, the goaltending was good enough for 103 points and a run to the SCF. That's a successful result no matter how you slice it.
Optimal goaltending arguably puts us on the same level as Minnesota this year or Ottawa last year. Bubble to bottom seeded playoff teams. It's better than being effectively eliminated with 10 games left, but that's about it.