It's very simple. Brodeur started 9 times in March. NINE TIMES. Yes, that's said in the voice of Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
I appreciate your passion on the matter but what does telling me how many times Marty started last March have to do with anything? The team - especially to retain Cory's services - was clearly making him the full-time starter no matter what. Thus, Marty walked. So back to my original point, we didn't get X amount of goals better because we didn't resign Brodeur because we didn't sign a legit backup. You could say "we got 20 goals better because Cory will start full time this year" - that is fair. I just pointed out that it's not right to say that NO matter which backup replaces Marty, we would be better if Marty is not the backup. That's not true. All games played being equal, we are not any better at the backup position. It's a simple point really, not pro-Marty or anti.
A. And you'll say oh sure but Schneider was struggling and blah blah blah - did this EVER happen with Martin Brodeur between the years of 1999 and 2010? Did Martin Brodeur's backup ever start NINE GAMES IN MARCH down the stretch because Brodeur was struggling? And indeed, Brodeur has had his bad months.
B. So this idea that the Devils were suddenly going to just throw Brodeur into the Yann Danis role if he came back is ludicrous. Certainly it wouldn't be an even split, but Brodeur is looking for more games than your average backup, he's said so in all his interviews about how much playing time he wants. And Marty isn't here because HE doesn't want to be here, simple as that.
C. If he wanted to be back, he would be, and he'd probably start 25 games and steal the #1 goalie spot from Schneider for a time and we'd have a lot of talk from Marty about how he just wants to play and that's what he's here for and he doesn't look at save percentage and Cory's a great guy and it's a shame that both guys can't play goal but for now he's getting the starts and he plays better with more starts.
A. No, I am not saying any of that. Have I argued such things before? Yes, kind of - but that is irrelevant to the argument I made in this thread.
B. Well, that's kind of the point isn't it? Marty wasn't going to get what he wants in NJ and so he walked. Cory is the 100% starter.
C. I really don't think that's true but we can agree to disagree. As we know, Marty certainly doesn't think he is going to steal it from Cory or he probably would be back. You've made a bit of a contradiction here. Again however, we can disagree on the basic point. I am not sure why you are so angry at him though?
I am starting to see that the responses here are not about what I posted, but instead a chance for ya'll to rage at Marty. Be my guest, have at it. It's beside the point though.
Edited by Neb00rs, 06 July 2014 - 12:35 PM.