Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How Not To Treat a Goalie 101

This is what happens when you keep your team at the top of the standings while your all-world goalie is injured for the majority of the season-- a trip back to the AHL.

That's right kids, with Martin Brodeur coming back; Scott Clemmensen was sent down to the Lowell Devils to make room for him. Clemmensen, who went 25-13-3 with a 2.39 GAA and .917 save percentage in Brodeur's absense, is back to riding the bus after pretty much putting together a dream season and keeping the Devils at the top of the Eastern Conference standings while Brodeur recovered.

Now, I understand that Brodeur is the best goalie out there today, but you would think that the Devils would be much more willing to part ways with Kevin Weekes than Clemmensen. Sure, it's good that Clemmensen doesn't have to go through waivers, but still-- where the hell did the loyalty go in the system when a guy like Clemmensen gets this as a reward from the team he held together.

We'll see how this all pans out in the end, but if I'm Clemmensen; this is leaving a bitter taste in my mouth, no matter what kind of front I put on for the media. And to be honest, the Devils will have to offer a damn sweet deal to get my services back next season, since Clemmensen will probably get plenty of offers this summer from every team who could use a solid goalie for a valued price.

While I don't have hatred or fandom for the Devils, I want karma to kick them in their ass for this. As much as I respect Brodeur, I'd like to see him fail for the rest of the season. I'd like to see an early exit with Brodeur between the pipes for the hockey gods to show the organization that you don't treat a guy who save the season for you like they did with Clemmensen.

1 comment:

Going Five Hole said...

Could be trade bait next week and maybe they want to keep him playing?