We signed Hedberg, a Jay Grossman client(among all the other newbies), for slightly over fair market value. Kovalchuk had mentioned that he thought Hedberg was a great goalie last year. Signing Hedberg provided the Devs with a solid backup and potentially a decent starter if needed.(give him a chance; he's good) It gave Ilya someone on the team that he knew and appears to regard highly. It also shows that management listens to the players, especially the star ones. No matter what your profession, it is nice to be heard.
As far as MB goes, I'll never understand the tired part. He has a poor work ethic off the ice. At his age and stage of career, maybe not right, but understandable. In his mind though, he is what he is; done what he's done and you'll get what you get in the playoffs. The games he "looks" tired is him just not being "good enough" plain and simple. His feet have been slow for awhile now and both his arms are right behind them. You simply have a goaltender at the end of his HOF career. It is what it is. Hopefully the team in front of him plays great team hockey this season in front of him, because we all know it won't be in front of the Moose. A big mistake in my opinion.
I agree we didn't sign Hedberg as a totally package deal although it looks that way, given we've made Grossman a very rich man this offseason. What seems obvious now is Hedberg's here far more to be an expensive insurance policy for an aging Brodeur than to actually give him rest. And as usual I think it's a mistake.
devilsrule's research post from last year should be required reading for anyone who thinks Marty playing 65+ isn't a big deal, let alone the 75+ he usually clocks in at. And since he made that post, the final four goalies last year were...Leighton, Niemi, Halak and Nabokov. Only one of whom was in the 65+ range and he got smoked in four games and is now out of the league.
Yes Marty's played 70+ in two of the years he won Cups but that was several years ago when he was younger, in a different style NHL with a much better defensive core. Our continual overplaying is a reason Marty always peters out in March and April.
Edited by NJDevs4978, 14 October 2010 - 07:46 PM.