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04-22-2013, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleedred View Post
Thanks I appreciate that. Don't get me wrong I could without a doubt see Marty fizzling out in the last 3 games, and not playing too good. Just going off a cliff with the rest of the team because there isn't anything to play for. Kinda like how they played today pretty much. He likely will even finish the season with a below 900 save percentage, but I wouldn't look too much into it in regards to his career being done or how he plays next season.

I remember Marty being pretty good early in 10-11. He usually kept games close, and was not the reason we were losing at all. He then got injured and then he came back, and just let everything in and fell off the cliff with the rest of the team. Then remember he asked Terreri to tell Jacques to go with Moose cause he really had no confidence. I could see the same thing happening with him to end the season though obviously not as bad because there's only 3 games left, and Moose may even get a start too.

Plus this was a 48 game season, and he didn't even play as many games as he would have anyway so that save percentage number could have come up or down. All I know is in the close to 70 games before he got injured he was posting a 921 save percentage, and that lasted from last years all star break through the playoffs, and the first 13 games this year or whatever it was before he got injured. Also a 930+ even strength save percentage. Only Lundqvist, and Quick had a better run than that over those 70 games, and we saw Marty outplay Lundqvist last year in the ECF.
Marty still has it, he isn't the Marty of old but he can still be very solid when we need him to be. Honestly I think Moose does too. It doesn't help when the team in front of them is playing so poorly.

Moose got the worse end of the deal because we played our worst defense in front of him, and the PK was at its worst as well. I am worried about post-Marty life, especially because I think we REALLY need him to be able to and want to play at least one more year after this current contract. Wedge could be the answer, but he needs to backup in the NHL first.

We are riding Marty/Moose next year no matter how much some groan on here. Buying out Moose would be stupid, and it is a waste of assets to get someone else when you have two goalies under contract already. Best most likely scenario is one more year of the geezers in net, then the following year Marty's potential replacement backs him up.

Much easier to just saw we suck and never had a chance. It is much harder to swallow that on paper this actually wasn't a bad team, bubble team that could of done more, and thus we completely wasted all the good things from last year and the opportunity a short season gives you (something team's like the Leafs and Isles are taking advantage of). Guys just underachieved like whoa, did not overcome the bad luck of injuries (something Ottawa did) and pissed a season away. Pretty much what Marty said today as well (though some people cherry picked his quotes like crazy to twist his words. He did say and think this team was better then what it showed.)

I don't blame Lou for going the youth movement route this year, since the market for forwards after Zach was terrible. Overpay for Semin and watch everyone complain how he doesn't back check? Bring Sykora back and watch him pull a this year's Poni impression by being slow, invisible, and just failing to even come close to the level of success he had last year (and the board turning on him in a week). Trade was only way to replace Zach, but I imagine the price was very steep.

I do blame Lou and Conte for letting the cupboard get so bare in the forward department. Youth movement isn't a bad idea in theory, but when one of those forwards you have to rely on is Tedy there is big problems. I am not expecting some NHL ready forward to come in via the draft and save the day next year, but we do seriously need to draft smart and get solid forwards in the system so we can start planning to replace guys like Elias. He is going to have to get an NHL forward via free agency or trade.

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