Yes, Scott Clemmensen would have won us the Cup or even round 1 against Carolina. And Brodeur at is declining but 38 year old Hedberg is not.
It's ridiculous how a 40 game sample from Clemmensen trumps all. He HAD to be sent down. He was an emergency call up, which meant when the person he replaced was back, he HAD to be returned.
Hedberg is the hot hand now and should be playing, but Hedberg has been a career backup for a reason. He can't maintain this for another 6 weeks.
Just silly conjecture, to say someone can or can't do something in the coming 6 weeks or whatever amount of time you feel in your own head. I believe in Hedberg, and for however long his run lasts, I don't know. But, that's nice to know that.. should Brodeur suffer a season ending injury throughout the remaining 20 some odd games left in the season.. you've already thrown in the towel.
Furthermore.. it's extremely ignorant to look at a players age and age alone, in determining their ability. Lou Lamoriello himself has (multiple times
) said; "age is just a number" -&- how there are "times when a player can play much younger, than his actual age." What.. you just throw wear and tear out the window here?
Brodeur has played 1,100+ career games, next to Moose's 300.
Moose is more fresh THIS SEASON, not because he's a year younger.. but because Moose has started 13 less this season. Hedberg would have to play 10 more games, to have more GP'd than Brodeur this year. Couple that with mileage over a career.. yeah there kinda is a difference here between 37 & 38.
I NEVER said Clemmensen would have "won us a cup" nor did I say "the Devils would have beaten Carolina, by benching Brodeur." Though this topic continues to be deformed in feeble attempts at putting words in my mouth.. let me AGAIN reiterate my stance. Brodeur is in the twilight of his career and (given the stats of the "backup" goalies that have played for us over the last 4 seasons) I feel we have just as good a chance at winning games with Hedberg in goal, going forward.
And fwiw, Beezer and Corey Schwab had a good percentage backing up Marty from '01-04 as well, so I guess the fact their winning percentage was better also suggest Marty was declining while he was winning a Cup.
No no, you're right. Brodeur's "Mr. Softy" image since 35, has less to do with age, and more to do with...
: *The influx of the "checking line" in 2009. (a disadvantage Clemmensen never had
-The TEAM failed me
: *An obstacle that came Brodeur's way, when the 2008-09 Devils suddenly had "nothing else to play for."
-Worst Coach Ever
: *Playing the majority of the games, under J'Mac.. the worst coach in the history of the sport.
: *Be it Lemaire's newness, or Langs himself. Look past the breaking in period of JL.
: *Poor Karma in 2011. Getting hurt again.. just as the Devils were starting to roll. Shucks!
-Just the tail end
: *If there actually is
indeed a decline, it's due to Marty being "brittle" since 2008.
..I got all of them right?
EDIT: In regards to your Schwab\Vanbiesbrouck comment. -You're comparing a very small number of games throughout a 3 year period.. to over 100 games played, from our backup's since the 2008-2009 season.
Edited by Beezer34, 24 February 2011 - 10:36 PM.