it's funny - i was going to start another thread but i'll put it here because you touched on something.
now lately, there has been no bigger critic of marty than me. i am sitting there yelling at games "get up old man" when he dives for a save and just sits there while the play keeps going around him. and his comments drive me up a fvcking wall because his PR sense is self-serving and awful.
but in both his and deboer's comments today, there was a nugget that falls 100% on Lou and that's this notion early on that we've got "2 number 1's and Marty is 1 and Cory is 1A". this message is not something that anyone wants to hear, true or not. and in this case, it wasn't true. both schneider and brodeur commented how the yo-yo'ing in and out of the lineup and, at times, uncertainty got to them.
i can assure you that one of the most important things to hockey players playing in the NHL is to know what their role is. this should not be underestimated. "don't jerk me around - tell me what i'm supposed to do and what i can do to move up or what i shouldn't do or i'll move down."
public comments have praised deboer for his communication and i don't believe they are bullsh!t. his assistants - perhaps leave a little to be desired in this field btw. the roster is 100% on lou. in-game, of course that's deboer. but lou is very much in on who gets scratched. very much. and who is on the roster is 100% lou. i am repeating myself because this year's "2 number 1s" was last year's "8 defensemen" was previous' year's 19 roster players b/c of cap issues. Lou is a straight shooter with players - when he wants to be. other times, he ascribes to the mantra of "i'll speak when i want and if i don't, i don't".
i'm not going to second guess lou on brunner, clowe, or ryder - they made sense (injuries aside for clowe - the player he is fits well). but he handled the goaltending terribly this year from the word go. you want to publicly say something like we've got 2 #1's, fine. but privately, both goaltenders should know exactly what's going on and honesty should have been tantamount. it clearly wasn't.
It's a no-win situation. They bury Brodeur right away and he's up with the press giving quotes like he has the last 6 weeks and demanding a trade that he won't get. Again, as I said in the other thread, you would expect injuries to bail you out in this situation much like the 8 D situation - they didn't. Brodeur did not get injured all year, which is rather remarkable for a player who has been hurt in 4 of the last 5 years.
I'm sure neither guy was happy with the situation as it was, but there wasn't really a way out of it. Say that Brodeur is #1 and you're either lying or delusional or you wasted your 9th overall pick. I think they were pretty true to their word all things considered, both guys split the starts - Brodeur has only been a backup for the last 2 months of the season, and even then he got a pretty long run splitting starts with Schneider.