Yeah, Lou took a bit of a risk sticking with Marty and Moose in '13, but with the way both performed in '11-'12, you could understand why he did it.
We'll probably never know, but it'd be interesting to know if Lou trades for Schneider had Marty and Moose both played to about their overall '11-'12 levels in '13. Would Lou have tried to squeeze one last year out of both?
Lou has said in interviews that they have been trying to get Schneider for a few years.
On another note, people are giving to Brodeur for no reason. He has yet to say one controversial thing, but people are acting like this is a major issue. The only issue will be Brodeur figuring out how to get accustomed to this role which is going to be very difficult from a physical and mental perspective. Not to go all John Madden (the NFL announcer), but here's a guy who has played 70+ games most of his entire career relegated to back up duty for the first time in his career. It's a tough transition. And as bad as Brodeur has been playing, playing 25-30 games is probably not a great situation for the team either for the above reasons. But getting Cory 55+ games outweights the slight benefits of having Brodeur getting more comfortable by playing a few for games.
Anyway, if some people expect Brodeur to just say, "I am really really bad right now, and Schneider is so much better than me, so he should be our starter"....well sorry it won't happen. And it doesn't need to happen. He already said today that Cory has been playing very very well, so he deserves to play. That's all he needs to say. Like all great ones that hang on a little too long, they know it is time to go. It happens when a guy who could never outrun you, tackle you, outrebound you, strike you out, score on you, blow by you etc does, and it starts happening regularly. A few athletes even retire mid-season when they realize. Marty is probably getting there, or will get there soon enough. He will know, but he doesn't need to go to the media and say, "I suck. I shouldn't have come back." He's also not going to voluntarily quit and try and stop competing to be a starter. All what he needs to do is understand that they have a damn good goalie right now, who might be giving them a better chance to win. And from everything I have read, he has so far.
Edited by devilsrule33, 21 October 2013 - 08:32 PM.