Roy retired 37-years old. He played 63 games, lost only 15.. and had a Sv% of .920 in his final season. He left as a starter, with dignity.
Marty turns 42 in three months, wants to continue to play as a back-up, and is now figuratively holding a gun to the Devils head. (ie; "Unless it gets worse over the next three weeks, I don't know." [regarding going to Lou to ask to be traded]) His Sv% went from .908 in 2012, to .901 in 2013, to now a .899 this season. Had he retired 3 years ago, his career Sv% would've been Top 10 all-time.. now it won't even be Top 20.
..he's killing his career, and causing a distraction while his team fights for the playoffs. Appalling.
Beez, this is not correct, re: Marty's save%. It really hasn't dropped off THAT much in the last four years. His career save% never been higher than .914, which I don't think was ever good enough for Top 10:
2009-10: .9137 (shown as .914)
2010-11: .9133 (shown as .913)
2011-12: .9129 (shown as .913)
2012-13: .9127 (shown as .913)
2013-14: .9124 (shown as .912)
Re: save% rankings, Patrick Roy had a .910 save%...that ranks him 29th, but he was putting up .900+ save%s when most goalies weren't (back in the 80s). That list is a tricky thing, because like most "All-time" leaderboards, they try to compare players across eras, which is really hard to do.
I can't get on Marty for not "retiring with dignity", and I think part of the problem is the Devils NEVER developed a young goalie in house in Marty's later years that looked even remotely capable of being a full-time #1 guy, so going into the 2012-13 season, Lou didn't have much choice but to bring Marty back on Marty's terms (2 years), and like I've said, can you blame Marty OR Lou for thinking Marty still had something left after 2012? Jeff Frazee not panning out probably screwed up the goaltending situation much more than is ever brought up. I'm sure Lou would've loved nothing more than for Frazee to be ready to backup in 2013 (so he wouldn't have to bring back Hedberg), then possibly be ready to start this season, or at the very least, Lou still goes out and trades for Schneider, and Frazee is a young, capable 20-25 game backup with some upside. But unfortunately that didn't happen.
Roy is an interesting case, in that he was still clearly playing well, but I think he held himself to an insane standard. DD56 posted a clip of Roy giving up a weak goal in the playoffs (think it was an OT goal, and the last he allowed in his career), and it seems like he just felt like he wasn't the same guy anymore, even though there was no visible decline in his game. With Marty, like has been said many times, it's more of a case of "I've got one more in me, I know I do."
I think if he gets out after this year and does it willingly and with minimal fuss, there's no tarnish. Even if he puts himself in the position where Lou has to tell him no, I think the fact that he was one of the best ever to play will mean that even his harshest critics will get over it sooner rather than later.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 30 January 2014 - 02:06 PM.