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.
You're wrong on the "bad" thing, re: 2010-11 and 2011-12. He was very good in both second halves (.923 in his final 29 GP of 2010-11, .920 in his final 51 games of the 2011-12 season, including the playoffs). He WAS bad in the first halves, and it's not like I've ever tried to say that he wasn't...as a matter of fact, I even pointed out those bad first halves as signs of things to come. To just label those entire seasons bad, lousy, whatever, simply isn't accurate and is misleading (inconsistent is much a better word...he was literally two different goalies in each half, though once he got it going, he was pretty steady during his good runs). By just stating that was "bad, end of season", you're basically saying he sucked all season for both of those years, and ignoring the prolonged stretches of solid play he provided.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 12 May 2014 - 10:07 AM.