Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:57 PM
We all remember how physically talented Marty is, and how loyal he's been to the organization, but we forget his leadership, which is what sets him apart from Roy and Hasek IMO. He's always calm, and loyal to his guys. He build up the confidence of his d-men, which may not have been important when Nieds and Stevens were manning the blue line, but damn sure matters when kids like Martin, Oduya and Greene went through growing pains learning to anchor the d. Maybe another goalie could have won the 3 cups Marty won (not many other goalies, mind), but on one else could have kept the team playing strong while helping the kids on d develop. How many times has Marty quietly pointed something out to one of the kids? Hasek wouldn't know his name, and Roy would flip out at mistakes. If Marty wins one more cup, he will have officially done something no other goalie could do, and, quite frankly, I don't think he needs another cup for validation. I can say from experience that it's absolutely amazing playing with a goalie with a personality like Marty's. He's as close to a captain as any goalie could be (screw Luongo, and no disrespect to Langs). I complained post 80 seconds of hell, and I'm ashamed. It's been an honor to watch him.
Thanks and congratulations.
You don't turn this around in a couple shifts. Its going to take a little time, but I know the guys will come back. Because I can see it. -- Jacques Lemaire