The Devils have 4 solid defensemen, Stevens, Rafalski, Niedermayer and White. After that they've got average dmen.
It takes a good goalie to win games, and look at all the W's Brodeur has, and it isn't just because of the team in front of him, they don't have many guys who can put the puck in the net.
You think the Devils would be as successful as they have been with someone other than Brodeur in net?
If so, then give your head a good shake.
Wheres the "roll eyes" smiley when I need him? I don't think the devils would be as good without Brodeur (they wouldn't be) but at least he has a BETTER defence than Theodore. That's my point. His defence is usually always there for him.
One year wonder may have 4 shutouts but his play has been inconsistent at best. 0 GA one game, 5 the next. I'm not trying to burst anyone's bubble, b/c I really like Theodore. However, he has not shown he is the best goalie in the league. The fact is, scoring is down......again. Shutouts are almost double what they were at this point this year, then they were last year. You have to take the shutout with a grain of salt IMO. Hackett already has 2 already.....Aebischer has one. Giguere has none . Using the shutout as a standard, Hackett = Infinitely better than GIguere. We all know that this is not the case, though. As I just said, I like Theodore, and never bought into the flash in the pan mentality *although I did argue that this would hurt his trade value*. Still, until he shows he can be solid game-after-game-after-game, on a yearly basis, then he cannot, and should not, be equated with the names of Roy, Brodeur, Hasek, or even Belfour for that matter.