Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:48 PM
This is at least the legitimate part of your argument. Though, I don't see this at all. To me it was "Well, Cory is better but he isn't playing that well so let's play Marty." I will concede that in the beginning of the season it was probably "Cory isn't the starter yet, one of them has to win the job."
Totally agree with this. We may have less points for starting Marty, but there are many reasons why we have less points. That was the point of my last post. In the end, while Marty has a bad save percentage, the defense has made up for that by preventing shots. Thus, the Devils have allowed relatively few goals this season. If the team played better as a whole, notably in the goal-scoring dept., we would be a playoff team.
I definitely want to make clear that I think Marty absolutely got too many games, and unfortunately that was because the situation became more and more Messier-like as the season went on, in a lot of ways:
1) Marty probably had a little too much power all-around...that being said, you only ever get that kind of power if you're very, very good for a long, long time. So it all goes back to the same thing: If someone told you that you could have a guy play for your team for roughly two decades and that he'd help you win multiple championships and set several records (some for being terrific and some for being ridiculously durable), but you'd have to deal with a couple of rough years at the end and a not-so-graceful exit, would you take it? Of course you would.
2) PDB probably knows deep down that Schneider is better than Brodeur, but just like Marty's teammates who have to cover for him and act like his overall performance isn't what it is, PDB's gotta lie through his teeth and make it sound like Marty's still terrific. I'm not saying Marty's teammates should ever come out and say "Marty sucked tonight and cost us a win", even when it's true, but at the same time, when they're all saying things akin to Marty still being Marty and how they have two great goalies...we know that they can't possibly feel that way. I think PDB said what he did about save% not meaning anything to him mostly to ward off questions about the obvious before they can even be asked or repeated. PDB is not an idiot...of course he knows the guy stopping two to three percent more shots is the better puck-stopper. But the only way not to trample on a legend who's used to playing a lot is to play him less without being "insulting" about it...which means a guy who probably should've only started 30 games (tops) somehow gets 37...which means he's getting games along the way that he shouldn't get...and round and round we go.
3) You have to deal with more quotes in the media than you ever really wanted to hear, some of which are just honesty, and some of which come off very badly. Players are people too...it would surprise if me some of Marty's teammates were thinking "Geez, will you just shut up already." That kind of plays into #2, in that no one will dare say how they REALLY feel, both out of respect for Marty and his career, and for not wanting to come off badly. No one is going to call Marty out on anything.
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