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Best Attribute: Unbeatable When Healthy
Martin Brodeur, the biggest star in the history of the New Jersey Devils, has battled injuries of the past few years.
From 1998 to 2008, Brodeur did not play in less than 70 games in a season. Since 2010-11, however, he has not been able to reach 60 per year.
It should not surprise anyone that Brodeur has slowed down with age. He is human, after all.
What Martin Brodeur does stay healthy enough to reach 70 GP in a season, however, he finishes either first or second in the league in wins every time.
Most recently, in 2009-10, Brodeur played in 77 games and the Devils clinched the second seed in the East.
There is a clear correlation, in fact, between Brodeur's health and the Devils final place in the standings.
Many assumed in 2010-11, when the Devils missed the playoffs, that Zach Parise's injury had a lot to do with it. More damaging to the team's record, however, is the fact that Brodeur only played in 56 games.
While that may make life without Brodeur seem very scary, the Devils think they have found an adequate replacement in Cory Schneider.
Cory Schneider, they believe, is a bonafide NHL starting goalie, which may yield double rewards for New Jersey.
In the long term, they have Marty's heir. In the short term, they have a player who can give Brodeur nights off in an effort to keep him healthy.
In 2012, Brodeur played in only 59 games, but he had a suitable backup in Johan Hedberg. With Brodeur able to take games off, he was able to stay fresh and earn 31 wins for the Devils.
With Schneider performing that same role in 2014, there's no reason to think that that same level of success cannot be replicated.