I just don't see where that will be.
I just don't see him landing anywhere where he even has a chance to be a 1A.
I think we all know Brodeur doesn't want to be a backup. He's not wired for it, and frankly someone with that good a career shouldn't have to be 42 and a back up in the league. I find it almost impossible that he could come back to 15-20 games with it clearly defined that he will not be the starter at all.
Brodeur is hoping for a 2008 Red Wings Hasek situation. where you have a very solid team that doesn't have a clear answer in nets. Hasek was 43 and he was pretty much done, but there was always hope for him and concern with Wings management with Osgood in nets. Basically, he's hoping to be given a shot to win the net.
That simply can not happen in New Jersey. Marty knows it too. He said as much in a bunch of quotes. Ego and competition and wanting to play took over (pretty much why he wanted to be traded), but since he cares so much about this franchise, he knows that what he wants and what the franchise needs don't align at all. They didn't align last year, and it will be catastrophic this year.
For Brodeur, it has to be an opportunity with another team, or his career is over.
How can you possibly know how Marty is "wired"? You aren't a personal acquaintance, are you, if you are you should totally get an autograph for me. There are different ways to interpret these said quotes and you seemingly took every word Brodeur said as him being selfish, negative and whiny. Have you considered that he just loves the game? I know its been said over and over against by color guys, media, etc. and the like. Marty will likely be back as a backup, its that or retire. Who is Marty going to contact when he tries to find another place to sign and only gets 1 or 2 other options that will ALSO be backup jobs? The following is from Tom Gulitti
"But Brodeur has not ruled out coming back to the Devils next season as Cory Schneider's backup. The question would not answer today whether the organization wants Brodeur back or has to move on fully committed to Schneider, who acquired with the ninth overall pick in last years draft to be the team's eventual No.1" - TG Apr 14.
On whether there is a magic number of games he’d have to be guaranteed to return to the Devils:
“There’s not. It’s not out of the question that the Devils will be in the running for me to come back, but I haven’t talked to Lou about it at all, (as far as) what he wants to do with backing up Schneids. Again, if I am ready mentally to do that job, I’m going to look for the Devils a little bit. But, right now, I’m keeping everything open and we’ll see. I’ll talk to him and see what he feels is best for the organization. It’s not about me anymore. I’m free. He’s not stuck with me anymore.”
On what it would be like to enter a season as the designated backup:
“It would be nice, wouldn’t it? Less pressure. But, look at the situation in Tampa with (Ben) Bishop going down (with a wrist injury) and other teams if their starter gets hurt, it happens, you know. When you go through an 82-game season, (there are) a lot of breaks and I think when you’re looking at the right decision – listen, if I sign somewhere as a backup it’s not going to be to just barely make the playoffs. It’s going to be a team that will contend for a Stanley Cup.” - TG Apr 13.
The bolded is what stood out to me the most when I read this TG post. I personally believe that he may not be mentally ready to play backup, BUT the underlying fact is that he likely won't find a job elsewhere, and likely will not start. He also states, "It's not about me anymore." I don't see that as selfish. The 3rd and final question and quote is simply stating that he longs to keep playing and competing for a Cup. The way I see it is that if he wants to continue to keep playing, he has to swallow his "pride", or retire.
Perhaps a middle ground is a situation where he doesn't start off as a 1A, but would get a shot if the starter falters. While there are fewer and fewer of them, there are still enough GMs that value clutchness and might want a guy like Marty who has had playoff success, as compared with goalies like Niemi who have a reputation of choking in the playoffs.
Carolina might also fit the bill. I could definitely see Ward being amnestied, and Khudobin is not firmly established enough to say he would otherwise be getting the starts no matter what.
I still believe that Ward is still/was a top tier(a stretch maybe, I know) goalie on a piss-poor team. He's given Carolina fits because of injuries and such, but that's the only reason I'd move Ward is once Khudobin HAS established himself, which could be likely because he looked really good towards the end of this season.
Edited by RizzMB30, 08 May 2014 - 07:15 PM.