Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:28 PM
James Duthie basically suggested the same point you're making on one of his recent blogs. The longer Brodeur continues to play, the more he looks like a compiler. Is 700 REALLY worth that? What will he do if it doesn't happen this upcoming season?? --will he come back for the 2015-16 season, just to get 2 more wins?
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I won't ever think of Marty as a compiler...to me, compilers are guys who are pretty good, occasionally better than that, then hit some nice milestones basically from having played damned near forever. Think the pitcher who has a lot of 14-11, 12-9 seasons, with a few 16-18 win seasons sprinkled in, and maybe a 20-win season, who by virtue of having started very young and being durable somehow finishes with 270-280 wins, even though he was never a guy who wowed.
Marty was a top goalie for a long time...I think Cujo when I think of a compiler-type. Even with Marty's decline the last few seasons, most people will remember that he was one of the very best to play in his generation and one of the top goalies of all-time.
As for Marty's record ever falling...so many things have to break right, starting with the team(s) you're on being good for almost your entire career, and your health rarely being a problem. Just the regular-season games alone played by Marty is an insane achievement: 1259 and possibly counting. Roy is second with 1029. In the entire history of the league, you've got four more guys with 900+ starts (Sawchuk, Belfour, Cujo, and Hall). It's so hard just to stay healthy enough to be able to even physically play for so long. Marty was a complete freak in that way. Look at the all-time list of games played and he's clearly the outlier:
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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