- He has been a part of a very special group that took the Devils to magical places and helped lift the franchise to a winning history. He will never be forgotten nor will his accomplishments, the joy, and the memories. He will always hold a special place in Devils' organisation and fans' hearts.
- My issue is this: So close to the end of the season (and subsequently contract), it would be much easier to ride out of the sunset, be humble, and retire at the end of the season or sign somewhere else.
However, the organisation put the team first, acquired a new, younger, better goalie, as it does not take a genius to see Brodeur is fast approaching the end of the career, and without a great goalie, the team would be seriously diminished. We have been witness to the team putting Brodeur first on many occasions due to his stature and accomplishments, and I believe that by being put on the bench, Brodeur has taken it personally, and thus requested a trade, and leading up to this point, all the passive aggressive comments to media.
Selfish is the word that comes to mind. People seem to hate on Parise especially, because he acted on his freedom of UFA and signed somewhere else. Clarkson signed somewhere else during UFA too. This I don't have issue with nor hate the players.
I have issues with people like Kovalchuk who upped and left only a couple of years in to a long contract. Now Brodeur can not put the team first and is requesting a trade. To me, Brodeur is acting like a spoilt little child who is throwing a tantrum because they aren't getting their own way. It screams egotistical to me. It's a shame because of what he has meant to the organisation all these years. That's desertion and to me, I can't appreciate that at all.
It's not just how you come in, it's also how you leave, because that's the most recent memory of you that a person will remember. It's quite possible that Brodeur could leave a sour taste in some people's mouths.
I usually hate PDB and trash talk him, but he did everything right this game. He played the Marty card, called the time out at the right time, and put Cory in for the 3rd.
This all falls on the players. The Rangers got Marty out of position and scored on him - I've seen it happen to Marty too many times since the last lockout, he just isn't the same player.
On top of this, the rest of the team played like ass. 6 unanswered goals? Terrible. They were making bad decisions, couldn't pass for sh!t, and way too many odd man rushes given away. Zidlicky may be a great offensive defenseman, but I'm sick of seeing him think he's a forward and crash the net. He needs to protect the point as a defence man should.
I'm still happy I was there for the outdoor experience, I wouldn't change that for the world. It's time to move on to the next game, and I hope the front office are formulating plans to right the ship next season.