Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:00 AM
Man, I don't know how old most of you are, or when you started watching the Devils, but Marty deserves much more from this fan base. Maybe Marty is done, but he has earned better than what I'm reading. How quickly we forget what he has meant to this team, how he gave a significant hometown discount at the dismay of the NHLPA, so that he could stay in Jersey. Sometimes I read this stuff, and it sounds just like the Rags' board. Really sad.
jerseysteve, first off, most of the comments are not really mean-spirited.
Most people have not forgotten what he has meant to the team all of these years. People have pointed out the many good things he has done (often signing for less than maket value, helping to make Lou's job much easier by not fighting for every last cent or testing UFA, etc.) He has had an awesome career and will go down as one of the best ever to play his position.
Tri tends to lump all of the last four years together as "below average", but I've never agreed with that stance, because Marty had extended stretches of terrific play in both 2010-11 and 2011-12...I consider those seasons inconsistent (but clearly a sign of things to come, as far as the slow starts go). But there's not much anyone can do to polish up last season and this one. They've both been largely bad...in all honesty, I think if Roy or Hasek had turned in a season similar to last year's at Marty's age, they would've retired. Marty just strikes me as the kind of guy who will always think he has something left until he REALLY doesn't have something left.
I think most of us have always hoped that it would never get ugly or embarrassing for him, but it has. He was not the only one to blame for Sunday's loss, but that still didn't make any less hard to watch. Some will say that it would've been better if he retired after the 2012 Cup run, but that's all hindsight...the guy had been terrific for 50 games...who could blame either Lou or Marty for thinking that he had something left?
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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