If I can defend 7 for one moment.. the anger\backlash from fans is NOT because of the past or present.. it's due to the future! The uncertainty about whether or not this season's his last.. and fans are getting fed-up being pigeon held by a 42 year-old, who's only point in continuing to play seems to be an effort to further inflate his stats, to the point where (he feels) they're unattainable. It's bad enough to put DeBoer, Schneider, and the fans through this goaltending fiasco for ONE season. But to do it again next year?? --that's selfish. You want to continue your career?? --fine! But do it on somebody else's team.. not mine! (yeah, I just said that) We're fighting for a fvcking playoff spot god damn it.. and 100 years of conventional hockey says you; "stay with the hot goalie". You ride the guy who's white-hot.. and I had to see a goalie, who's been playing amazing with a Sv% near .930, ride the pine yesterday because this organization needed to feed the ego of ONE PERSON. A cold goalie who hadn't played in a week, playing a game in an environment less suitable for a player in his 40's, vs a player in his 20's.
The Devils as an organization used to be untouchable.. not anymore. They preached team, they preached selflessness. They preached; "no ONE PLAYER is bigger than the franchise" for 30 years! --and all that went south yesterday, in an effort to turn a professional hockey team, into the Harlem Globetrotters.
*EDIT: What happens if Marty doesn't hit 700 even after next season? Does he come back again for 2016?? Is that how he'd want to be remembered.. as some compiler?? Because 700 wins off a career of 1991 - 2016, would be the definition of a compiler folks. --and if that's the endgame in Brodeur's head.. then have fun a blast ruining your career like Brett Favre!
This is not just about yesterday bro..
• Brodeur: 28 GP, 2.52 GAA, .899 Sv% (ranked 40th in the NHL) --41 years old.
• Schneider: 26 GP, 1.86 GAA, .927 Sv% (ranked 5th in the NHL) --27 years old.
..if it looks like I'm trying to make this seem overall simplistic, it's because it really is! Marty has been a .500 goalie (at best) since 2010. Over his last 250 games, he's manufactured 125 wins, since 2009. He can play the remaining back-to-backs, but THAT'S IT! I want to see this team ride Cory the rest of the way.
Beez, in fairness, just about EVERYONE is aware of the vast statistical difference between the two goalies, and that Schneider has to be the undisputed #1 from here on out. To me, undisputed means PDB doesn't give Marty a start after a meh or poor performance game from Cory, or treats a good Marty start as a reason to keep starting him at Cory's (and the team's) expense. And fans like me and others have pointed out the balance of the last four years:
2010-11: Bad start (along with just about everyone else), strong second half. Inconsistent
2011-12: Bad start, very good final 50 games. Inconsistent
2013: Bad overall, but no better option in house, with Hedberg being awful
2013-14: One good run, pretty bad the rest of the time
But yeah, I think just about every Devils fan is in agreement with you. I've always defended Marty, but from now on, I don't want to hear a single peep out of him re: 2014-15 or the future. I don't want to hear anything from re: having a tough time when he gets a start because he's sitting behind Cory too much. I really don't want to hear much from him at all right now, and that's not because I'm angry with him...it's because he's been mostly a subpar goalie since late November, and I want to hear from the guy who's starting the games, which should be Cory.
I don't think the bold applies to yesterday's game, but if he's back here next season, then I agree with that assessment 100% and then some. Lou has already seen first hand what happens when you let a diminished star run amok and act like everything happens on his terms (Mark Messier's final seasons with the Rangers), and if Lou allows that to happen here, his loses a lot of credibility in my eyes. Lou has to tell Marty no. If that means Marty goes out and actually finds someone else to sign him, so be it. I don't know if 700 wins means anything to Marty, but it shouldn't. For one, like you say, him chasing it next season and possibly beyond will lead more fans to call him a compiler, even though he really wasn't. He also won't remembered as fondly, which is kind of a shame. If he retires gracefully after this season, I think the outdoor debacle and the balance of this season and last are largely forgotten as footnotes of inevitable decline. If he has to be forcibly pushed out the door, I don't think Devils fans will love him for it, but they'll forgive that too, as a guy who's competitive and driven, but just isn't seeing reality. But if he's somehow back here next season, and Lou backs it, then I'm sorry, each one of them is hanging on to Fonzie's legs as he jumps the shark.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 27 January 2014 - 10:36 AM.