Open Letter to Martin Brodeur Goalie Of the New Jersey Devils
Martin , dude.., buddy.. listen. I think it's time we talked. You've played 1076 games and you've won 602 of them. You're goals against average is 2.21 and you've had 110 shutouts.Your save percentage is a whopping .914. You've had 23 postseason shutouts. Nice I say, and I doubt anyone would disagree.
Here's the thing. Since Scott Stevens has retired we haven't won any Stanley Cups. Hey, hey now, don't take it that way. Not saying we CAN'T win a cup without #4 Scott *moment of silence* Stevens. No, what I'm saying is after winning three of Lord Stanley's Cups and being a still very serviceable 38 years of age ..maybe it's time you rested a little during the regular season.
My friend..I hope I can call you that, since I've watched you, your entire 18 year career. During the 1993-1994 playoffs you asserted yourself and our former goalie Chris Terreri would quietly fade away. Marty you have averaged 60 games a year. If you remove the first three years of your career in which you split duties it goes up to 66 games over 15 years. True the 1994-95 season was more about the lock-out than Terreri but we'll still throw it out. Marty you were hurt in the 2008-09 season. When I remove that year you jump to a 68 games a year average. From the 1997-1998 season you have played 70 games or better except for your injury shortened year mentioned above. This excludes all playoff games.
Let's be frank..Yeah you're a heckuva goaltender. You may be chasing some individual stats. Can't blame you for that. You deserve them. However I would love ..yes love to have Lord Stanley's showpiece in the Prudential Center and let it gleam as it rides down Broad Street in Newark. So for us; for you; for the Devils; for Newark could you possible take off 20 to 30 games of the 82 game schedule. You'd be surprised what that rest will do for your butterfly saves and reactions, off stick side. I realize the low or high side of these missed games depends on how we're doing in the standings. Our team is good enough to win at least half of those missed starts whether our back-up goalie is average or a bit worse. It will also give us the opportunity to develop some goalies. Martin, my man, you won't play forever.
So...glad we could have this talk!-Have a great 2010-11 year and let's get another Cup or two. 'Cause a legacy is just as much about post season success as regular season excellence. Okay..see ya in a few months.
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