This is what really worries me. If he keeps playing in short stints he will blame his performance on that, if you give him a run in the team as the starter and he still doesn’t perform for a few games it will be, "I’m just finding my form" .
The mind-set he has, which has made him the incredible Goalie and athlete we have had the privilege of watching for so long, is probably going to be the thing that will hold him in the game to long.
Part of me hopes that he see Patrick Roy having success as a head coach in Colorado and he thinks " I could be a better head coach than Patrick, let’s get that going”.
This is where it can ugly with the fading legends. A lot of them can't differentiate what was and what is, and that puts their organization in the awkward position of having to do it for them.
I am sure Marty still thinks he's got it in him to be the #1, and thinks he just needs time and starts. And though I wouldn't be thrilled about it, if the team was scoring some goals and not having issues on a number of other fronts, I could see why the Devils might want to give Marty one last shot at being the #1, or the #1A to Schneider's #1B.
But clearly, they can't do that...this team is already feeling some pressure, and when it's 2-0 before you can blink because your goalie isn't stopping stoppable shots, that "Here we go again" feeling starts coming up in a hurry. When Marty was kind of a "meh" puck stopper during the regular season (from '98-'99 to '01-'02), his teammates always maintained that, when needed, he would still make the BIG saves, and as the '00 and '03 Cup runs showed, he could raise his game significantly, so even if his save% from those seasons (.906, .910, .906, .906...all below his career .913) weren't great on paper, his teammates still felt like they could count on him.
And for those who are saying "Don't give up on Marty"...no one WANTS to give up on him, but this isn't 2005-06, where he started slowly and some misguided fans wanted to bail on him. Like many have pointed out, the last three seasons for him have been inconsistent, and he is finally showing real signs of decline. I've pointed out that he had that nice stretch of play as a 39 and 40-year-old to close out the 2011-12 season and playoffs. Last season was pretty meh at best, and this season is looking like more of the same. To Marty's credit, there have been times post 2004-2005 lockout where some people did want to give up on him, and he's fought back every time. What he did in 2012 was terrific, it really was...kind of like his last stand against the aging process that sadly robs even the best players of their skills. But who really thinks he has another fight like that left in him? He has played 1429 games in the NHL. No other goalie is even close to that (Roy is at 1276). How many 41-year-old goalies in the NHL defy nature's ugly side?
It's fine if fans want to root for him and hope for the best...I would never root AGAINST him...but as much as I've always been firmly in his corner, I can't just blindly believe in him anymore.