Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:16 AM
Devils win and 50% of the comments are Marty jokes. Unreal the disrespect for the greatest goaltender of all time. Yes, I think Schneider should get 70% of the remaining games. But man, I still love me some Marty.
This is not accurate at all. What I see is Devils fans (fair ones) being realistic about what they're seeing. No one is really attacking or ripping on Marty, though I thought Carpathian's benchwarming comment was out of line. It's fine for fans to state they want Schneider in net, but there's no reason to take disrespectful jabs at Marty while they're at it. Marty's run of productivity is probably over, but man what a hell of a run it was...far, far outweighs the sample of diminished play we're seeing from Marty now.
dr33 stated this well in the last GDT, but if the Devils keep trying to make Marty happen at Schneider's expense, it's only because they're trapped in the past, not seeing Marty for what he currently is. and giving him too much respect because of it. If Marty was five years younger, I could understand the "we can't give up on him yet" scenario...in fact, I'd probably be promoting it...but now there's just no excuse. Marty has an .878 save% in his last 18 starts (and he's looked as bad overall as that save% suggests) and we all know how old he is. It's one thing if you're giving him starts because the other guy is having a lousy year (last year's Hedberg), but as we've seen, the new guy is extremely capable, and there's no getting around the simple fact that 27-year-old in-his-prime Cory Schneider is considerably better than 41-year-old clearly past-his-prime Martin Brodeur. Much as it would've been great if Marty had retired after 2012, I can understand fully why he didn't...he was coming off a terrific stretch of play and surely believed there was more where that came from, the team looked like it could make the playoffs again, the Devils probably didn't have any great Plan B in place at that time...the Victory Lap contract hasn't really worked out, but Lou made a hell of a move in finding the Next One in Schneider (especially when he was getting routinely slammed for not "preparing" for Marty's inevitable decline or exit from the game).
All the above is pretty obvious stuff, but I don't think it is to the Devils yet. I think there's still this feeling that the Devils need to get Marty going, at the expense of the entire team. They don't. If the Devils can get themselves from out of the early hole they've dug themselves, then yeah, they can try to get Marty some starts here and there. But not until then. Go with the clearly better player and see if you make some headway in what's looking like a pretty meh division.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 20 October 2013 - 05:17 AM.
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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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