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The Devils Way Going Away

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Lamoriello’s team is now 10th in the East and has lost eight in a row, the 40-year-old Brodeur hasn’t won a game since March 15, Ilya Kovalchuk can’t get healthy and defenceman Anton Volchenkov was sat down for four games on Thursday for elbowing Brad Marchand.

Suddenly, this is starting to look a little like Calgary East, a situation in need of a substantial step back to rebuild but one in which that approach is likely to be received badly.

It certainly didn’t start to happen at last week’s trade deadline. Instead, Steve Sullivan was acquired for a seventh-round pick, another coat of paint to try to stave off the creeping mildew that has impacted this roster since, well, Niedermayer left town after the 2003-04 season.

A steady stream of stalwarts has departed as unrestricted free agents — Niedermayer, Brian Gionta, Brian Rafalski, Scott Gomez, John Madden, Paul Martin — without fetching anything in prospects or players before they left. That has been the Lamoriello approach to dealing with free agents, and really he’s been burned only on Niedermayer and Rafalski.

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The Devils have a lot of the same issues as the Red Wings, but it sounds like Ken Holland is handling it much better.

cool hmm

Posted by w2j2 on 04/12/13 at 08:47 AM ET

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The last time the Devils had competent goaltending was in 2010. Brodeur, eternally overrated but still very good for a very long time, is now in his third year of well below average play and would have been in his fifth straight year of getting statistically outperformed by his own backups, if not for the fact that Hedberg has been even worse.

It’s hard to cut ties with a face-of-the-franchise star, but Brodeur hasn’t been a legit starting goaltender for a while now and he should have been either cut loose or relegated to backup status (with the Devils aggressively going after a dependable starter) a long time ago.

Great skaters have the luxury of fading into the background and still contributing as they age and decline (like Yzerman in his final years). Starting goaltenders don’t. As long as the Devils continue to rely on Brodeur to give them a lot of starts, he’ll keep dragging them down.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/12/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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