I have a feeling it is higher. I don't think he wants to be known as 1A or the marginal starter. He want to be "the man" that he was for almost 20 years in NJ.
I really wonder if Marty would be more inclined to retire if he somehow did reach the 700 win mark this year. I have a strange feeling that's kinda what he has been shooting for. I know its still somewhat of a conspiracy theory but I think it has some merit. Between the 3 lockouts he has missed a solid 2 years worth of games and he played a solid 2/3 of his career when there were still ties. I really think that maybe somewhere in the back of his mind that he is worried about that record being broken now that ties are now either wins or losses and he wants to be so far ahead to where he feels comfortable that that would never be beaten.
But again that is just still a theory of mine.
IMHO his record as it stands now will not be broken
It would take a special, special player to even sniff the record
Think about it; someone would need 17 consecutive 40 win seasons to even hit 680
Most players/goaltenders do not even enjoy a 17 year career. A potential record breaker would have to come into the league very young, and play on a solid team(s) for 17 years straight; while still performing at a high level and getting 65-70 starts.
I just can't see it ever happening....
EDIT: But I totally agree he wants that fat round 7-0-0
He also had a telling quote a couple weeks ago about how he wants his youngest son to have memories of him playing. I can understand it....but all of the bloodshed quotes to the media were unnecessary and over the top for sure.
Edited by ThreeCups, 11 April 2014 - 10:09 AM.