I wonder what good it would do for some franchise to stick Marty in the minors (even if Marty was on board with the idea). I guess if you have NO goalie prospects at all, and want depth in case your NHL goalies go down...but I think most NHL franchises know Marty's simply not very good anymore. Tri continues to make the mistake of lumping the last four seasons together as bad, but the last two were definitely pretty bad overall. It's really hard to make a case for Marty being any better than he was over the last two years (scary to think he could be even worse).
No, all 4 seasons were bad. I'm not making any mistake. 2011-12 was closest to average, but again, if you have a goalie who puts up an .890 SV% in the first half, and is 39 years old, and put up an .870 in the first half of the first season - well, Bayes-wise, you've probably got a bad goalie on your hands. Just cherry-picking the second halves of seasons leaves out the first halves, which are just as relevant.
Brodeur would never go to the minors. He's one of the very few players who has been involved in all 3 lockouts and he has never signed anywhere else. I know that Chelios played a year in the minors when he was 47 or 48 but that's Chelios, he's insane. I do think Brodeur would wait until January before calling it quits for good, and I imagine someone will suffer an injury and not understand goaltending and will sign him. That's if the Devils don't idiotically beat some team to it, but I don't think Brodeur wants to come back here.