don't play the young fan card at me.
You ARE a young fan...maybe not in age, but in the number of years you've been watching the team. This isn't the only occasion you've shown that...you took an almost forensic approach some time back as to how important the '87-'88 playoff run was to the franchise's history, basically saying it really wasn't that big a deal. If you weren't there and didn't experience that whole run (which really started with an incredible and improbable late-season surge just to have a chance to get in), then you might think that. But for those of us who DID experience it, it really did help to put the Devils on the map, and the first victory didn't even happen on the ice...with that OT victory against the Blackhawks, the Devils took the 4th Patrick Divison seed away from the Rangers. Then they beat the Isles in the first round. Suddenly the hockey locals who'd been following the Rangers and Islanders for years had to stop treating us like this goofy lil' harmless oddity that was cute because they played in NJ and their backyards. Suddenly the Devils were relevant. And the significance of all of that would be lost on you.
i will care about the past when brodeur retires, then i will celebrate his entire catalog.
As well you should.
until then, he's signed for another year, which is an implicit promise to remain being good at hockey, and he's been terrible this year.
It's an implicit hope on the part of the Devils that he would remain being good, and an implicit promise on Brodeur's part that he would at least TRY to remain good (which I think he has). But everyone from LL on down had to know that there was a chance that Marty might not be the same player by the end of this last contract as he was at the beginning...even Marty in Beyond the Crease
admitted as much. How can anyone accurately predict what a 38-year-old player is going to be, no matter what his pedigree and track record? And even the very best (which Marty will down as one of 'em) have slumps and down periods...you make it sound like because he's signed and because he's supposed to remain good he's not ever allowed to slump, even on a team full of slumping/underperforming players.
everyone else has been bad too, but he's been just as bad. the flyers' goaltending issues over the last decade and a half are highly overstated - they make for a comfortable narrative, but they are not entirely why the flyers have yet to win a stanley cup.
Goalies are not the one and only reason why the Flyers haven't won a Cup since 1975, but the ones they did have sure didn't help.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 27 December 2010 - 01:40 PM.