Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:54 AM
I mean - you're just deluded. The Devils have a team SV% of .906, .911, and .894 over the last 3 years. Since the .894 was in a half year, that probably comes to an average of around .906. That's close to the worst mark in the NHL over that time. Just about anything would've advanced the ball.
Of goalies who played 20 games - and I'm being generous to you here because of survivorship bias - Brodeur ranks 54th and Hedberg 50th in SV% out of 74 goalies over the last 3 years. There are 2 goalies who played 100 games over the last 3 years and had a worse SV% than Brodeur. Now scorer bias blah blah, indeed, but it's still bad.
Part of what complicates the picture (and what you're ignoring) is the WAY Brodeur came to his season save%s in 2010-11 and 2011-12 (along with his stature within the organization).
2010-11: team in front of him plays god-awful hockey for the first half of the season (as does Marty), team picks it up in the second half, Marty plays quite well, second-half play is in line with the previous five post-2005-lockout seasons (he put up a .917 save% overall from '05-'06 to '09-'10). Easy to point to the first half and just say, "Well, EVERYONE sucked."
2011-12: looks shaky through the end of January, but then goes on that 50-game rampage that helps the team get to within two games of a Stanley Cup. Again, performance over the 50 games is about in line with post-lockout Marty from '05-'10.
If Marty had started strong and faltered in each of those seasons, then you can rightly go the "Marty is getting older, he's getting fatigued over the course of a full season." route, and maybe in that case, Lou tries harder to find someone better/younger than Hedberg for 2012-13. But we know how it goes with a deep Cup run...you've got a legend in Marty who everyone wants to see retire as a Devil, he had played very well to close out 2012, he has a great relationship with Lou, and everyone's feeling good in general. Even if you strip away the emotion, go the forensic Spock route, and say "Yeah, but Marty will still be a year older and can't be expected to keep bouncing back within seasons" (and I can't argue against the pure logic here), you know Lou was never going to look at it that way...not when it came to Marty.
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