Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:27 AM
ive been a marty worshiper since the cradle. having said that if marty signs with a team like phi or pitt, u can bet ur ass im booing. i am still holding out hope that he retires, but if he signs with a team in the division like isles or wash, i will be very upset. i grew up on marty, but im a devils fan 1st. and i can never support anyone trying to beat my team. after his career ends i can try to forgive. but i am saddened at how this is all unfolding. a lot of ppl have tried to make borque comparisons. this is nothing like borque. martys already won 3 cups. it didnt have 2 end like this
Look at the bright side...it's not like what Montreal fans had to endure with Patrick Roy...watching him play at the top of his game for many more years with the Avs, and win two Cups with them. Why boo Marty? Most fans here don't want him back anyway, and
if someone is dumb enough to sign him if he can find a team willing to take a shot at him, it's his right to go for it (no matter how much I think he should just call it quits). Chances are, if someone does take a chance on him, he plays maybe 30 games tops (probably not even that many unless someone gets hurt...that's best-case scenario for Marty, not so much for his new team), and maybe wins his 700th game. It could also get really ugly, and based on what I've seen the last two seasons, I think that's a pretty likely scenario...his mostly .885-ish save% of last season was masked by a 10-game out of nowhere hot streak that I think represented the very last drop of Marty-like play left in his tank. I don't see a similar streak happening this season that will prop up his numbers in a similar fashion.
Like Beez alludes to, fans can do what they want, and raw emotions aren't always rooted in logic or acceptance, but I don't just understand why anyone would boo him. He's not leaving in his prime. There's no unfinished business. He's given you all of his best years. Only the blindest of Marty's fanboys think he's still got anything left, and that's the only reason anyone should really be terribly upset about his signing with another team...because they feel that Marty can still help the Devils. The only time his contract negotiations were a hassle was back in '95, and that had more to do with his agent than him. I thought some of his quotes came off badly last season, and he hasn't always come off as a team player at other times (seeming to blame everyone else), but overall, he's basically done his job and often done it consistently well and for an incredibly long period of time, with not much fuss until recently. Look at it this way...if we get seven years or so of great play from Cory, we'll be thrilled. We got a little more than twice that from Marty ('94-'10, 16 seasons), and like I've pointed out, '11 and '12 had their good moments...'13 and '14, not so much.
I hear what you're saying, I wish it was ending more gracefully too, but I also wish people weren't giving so much weight to what's happening now in relation to everything that came before. But it is what it is.
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