The next guy is gonna be just as deferential to Brodeur as DeBoer is.
What's really odd about DeBoer being deferential to Brodeur is that he really has no reason to be. I could almost understand if DeBoer had been here several years, and had seen Marty in his prime, and had built up a long-time kinship and loyalty to him. But all DeBoer's worked with is the Marty of 2011-12 and beyond, and save for the 50-game stretch of good play in 2011-12 and the occasional limited hot streaks, Marty has been pretty bad...there's just no nice way to put it. What does Pete think, that Marty has another prolonged stretch of very good goaltending in him? Even if Marty is only technically a year-an-a-half removed from his '11-'12 run, it's not like he was just-turned-30 then and is only 31 now. There is absolutely NO guarantee that Marty will ever be consistently good anymore, and if Pete is doing his homework and paying attention, he'll see that this started in 2010-11, so it's not like this is anything new. This is now a multi-season sample, where for over half of it, Marty has been one of the worst puck-stoppers in the league. Like I've pointed out, yes, he also has had extended stretches of terrific play in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but does Pete honestly believe that Marty, at 41 and with more miles on his odometer than any NHL goalie ever, will do it again? And is it really necessary to try to find out at the expense of the guy that cost the Devils a first-round pick and who is indisputably the BETTER player?!
What's doubly aggravating about this is that the Devils witnessed first-hand, with Messier, exactly what can happen when a faded great's exit is not handled correctly. Marty is on the last year of a lifetime achievement deal that everyone involved knew he wouldn't live up to from a value standpoint, but everyone also thought he deserved simply because of all he had given to the Devils throughout his career. The Devils brought in someone not only better at this stage of Marty's career, but a guy who clearly is supposed to figure into the Devils' long-term plans, possibly for a decade if he sticks around. Why the hell has Marty started 18 games and Cory 14? And why the hell isn't DeBoer grilled on this point, because I for one want to hear the answer. If he doesn't trust Cory for whatever the reasons, how the hell can he trust Marty? Marty put up an .871 save% in his first five games (1-2-2 record), and now has an .864 save% in his last seven (2-5-0 record). Cory hasn't had a stretch of futility anywhere NEAR as bad as these, but apparently two meh starts is enough for Cory to lose starts in Peteyland.
I can handle the team not making the playoffs if they're out there losing with their best, and we all knew this team had question marks coming in, but right now it feels like DeBoer is almost willing to punt a season in deference to Marty, and I don't get it one bit. And I don't blame Marty one bit for this. DeBoer is the coach. DeBoer has given a player who is younger and better, and is playing like it. It's on DeBoer to do the right thing, and play the friggin' guy who gives him and his team the BEST fvckING CHANCE TO WIN THE DAMNED GAME! God-damn...
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 11 December 2013 - 07:34 AM.