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04-20-2010, 10:39 PM
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Wow. Another first round exit for New Jersey (I don't think they're coming back from that one). I think they need to seriously consider starting the search for a goaltender to replace Brodeur. I think he's slowing down. Brodeur next season should play no more than 50-60 games. He just doesn't have it to play 70+ anymore, I don't think. TDMM can probably answer this best, are there any decent goalies in the farm? If not, this situation looks grim for NJ.
I wonder if Nicklas Backstrom from Minnesota is available? His best success was under Lemaire, so I wonder if that re-union is possible. New Jersey certainly has the assets to land him, especially after last season, and Harding looks like he might be ready to make the jump.
I think Brodeur's mental exhaustion in the third period of Game 4 had more to do with the fact that the Flyers controlled play for 90% of games 3 and 4 (after controlling it for the majority of games 1 and 2).
Brodeur was great this year (except in February) and probably has another year or two left in him. That said, assuming the Devils continue playing the way they have in 2010, they'll bow out meekly in 5. Least pissed I've ever been to lose in the playoffs. It was coming.
If I'm Lou, I sit down with Brodeur after the season and ask him if he wants to be traded or if he wants to stay around for the rebuild.
If Lemaire is coach next year and the Devils don't do a major rebuild of their defensemen, I'm going to watch the team from a distance next year - still interested but not expecting anything.
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