Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:16 PM
It's times for these obvious reasons to stop, though. Just like the outdoor game where you know he's starting, but it still does not give them the best chance to win. They need to see if CS can be a true #1, not a 30 game backup with impressive stats if they plan on making him a long term contract with good money.
If this was a game that didn't mean anything (like a march game if they're out) then sure send Brodeur out there. But this whole idea of giving him games out of some notion he "earned it" or "belongs" out there is the type of thing that gets most executives fired especially when the player is 41 and declining at the team's expense.
What do you think, Cory's going to start ALL of the remaining games except for a "meaningless" one here and there? After tonight, the Devils will have 34 games left. I would love to see Cory get at least 22 of them, which would give him at least 44 on the season...preferably, I'd like to see a 24-10 split in favor of Cory (that would give him 46 starts). I could live with that (it'd also be a career-high in games started for Cory, and a nice transition into being a 50+ starts guy the following season).
Marty hasn't always been strong, goes without saying, and he's clearly not what he was, but as this could be his last season with the Devils, you're going to have to live with the fact that he'll get some "thank you" starts. IF Cory plays as well as he has in his last three stats, and if he's getting a majority of the starts, then Marty starting games like tonight's shouldn't hurt too much, win or lose. The good news is the Devils have found ways to win for Marty...it's not like they've got a horrible record in his games (now 13-9-4).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 14 January 2014 - 10:22 PM.
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