Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:46 PM
The problem isn't just the cap hit. It's the expectations. $8M isn't likely to be the salary for an average starting goalie even when Lundqvist is much older, but it'll be closer. Still, with what the Devils have been through with Brodeur - it's now going on 4 years that he has been a well below average NHL goalie and has received more starts than his backup and has cost $20 million on the cap - it's that Lundqvist is going to be expected to be Lundqvist when he's not. It's one thing to have a guy gobbling up your cap space and not performing at an elite level - it's still a problem even if he's not a cap issue, if they're expecting The Great Lundqvist and they get a .905 SV% guy out there who is actively costing the team games. I don't think it's particularly likely to happen soon, but the Devils have dealt with it about as badly as you can manage - it's a bigger problem than GMs realize.
I know you tend to look at these things from a very forensic POV, re: Brodeur, but you have to stop making it sound like Brodeur has been consistently below average for the entire balance of the past three seasons. What he's been is inconsistent, with the lows being painful-to-watch bad. He was fine over the second half of 2010-11, and I've repeatedly pointed out the 50-game-or-so stretch of .920 save% play he provided all the way through the end of the 2012 playoffs. He wasn't very good for much of last year's shortened season, and the backup was actually worse, and Brodeur also missed time to injury to boot. This season has been a microcosm of the last three (inconsistency), and I definitely don't expect his play to get much better than what we've seen, which means the #1 job will be Schneider's to lose soon enough, IF he can stay healthy and IF he can put together a nice stretch that forces DeBoer's hand. But it has NOT been three years of constant suckage.
When you say the Devils have dealt with it about as badly as you can manage, what should they have done differently?
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 04 December 2013 - 01:46 PM.
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