Never say never. Think Dwayne Roloson. I will admit that it did come back and bite the Lightning in the ass the next season. It wouldn't be the first time an aging, old goalie had a great year post 40 years old. I will also admit that Dwayne Roloson was never a bonafide, sure thing starter. He DID however, take the Lightning to a Conference final at 41 in 2011.
It just really can't happen. Favre was going to Minny to be the starter. Marty won't be the starting goaltender just about anywhere. If he finds a team to let him start or split, it certainly is not going to be a team that's as good as those Vikings were - with the equivalent of Adrian Peterson, Sydney Rice, Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, Percy Harvin, etc...
It looks like there's a pretty good chance I'm going to see the end result that I was hoping for:
Schneider signs a long-term extension to stick around.
Brodeur won't be here next season.
Best thing for everyone all-around.
Only thing that's sad is that Marty still thinks there's a contender out there interested in the services of a 42-year-old high-mileage goalie who has been mostly bad the past two seasons, and will more often put up extended .880ish runs than anything else. Like others have said, if he finds a team willing to take a shot at him, good for him, but I can definitely see Marty turning in a Kiprusoff-type final season...which will painful to watch for everyone involved.
I'm curious if Kinkaid gets a legit shot to be the 2014-15 backup...if he doesn't work out, Lou can always trade for a more established backup later.
To your first point - agreed, it looks like there isn't much to worry about there. Both sides seem committed to a long-term deal that makes Cory the full-time starter.
As for Kinkaid, well I am just not into the whole Wedgewood/Kinkaid thing. There are enough solid backups who are UFA this year, that we should be choosing from. I could make the argument that backups are better now than they have ever been before; a lot of them could probably be starters.