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04-20-2010, 10:44 PM
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Why would New Jersey spend 6 million on Backstrom and 5.2 million on Brodeur? It may make sense in 3 years when Brodeur retires (although at that point Lemaire will probably be gone too). The best situations for New Jersey is to find a competent backup to play 20 games. Brodeur's not as good as he used to be, but he's still better than pretty much every other option.
There are no great goalie prospects in New Jersey's system at the moment, but when Brodeur retires, they'll need to replace him with an established star starter who can handle the pressure of replacing a legend, not a young guy.
I always assumed the plan was to sell the future until Brodeur retires. Then go into hardcore rebuild mode afterwards. Who knows though. If the Devils don't turn it around (and the way they've played this year, I'm pretty sure they won't), I want the roster blown up after this year.
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