Like I said above -- this makes sense. Marty will have plenty of time to rest, but it got me wondering about whether we'll see Johan Hedberg in net again this season. Brodeur has started every game since he returned from the pinched nerve that cost him a month's worth of starts (technically all but one since Hedberg started Brodeur's first game after being activated). That stretch has included two back-to-back sets (which he usually always splits with Moose) and a recent stretch of four starts in seven days. I personally thought Hedberg would get at least one start during that seven-day stretch, which included the second back-to-back set. But with the Devils having at least one day off in between every game the rest of the season and the Devils in an absolute dogfight for a playoff spot, I don't think DeBoer wants to have to trust anyone but Marty in net.
We've heard a lot this season about how much DeBoer likes Hedberg and how much faith he has in him, but the proof is in the pudding over the past month. I get that Hedberg was probably exhausted after going on his own ridiculous stretch of consecutive starts, but, DAMN, every goalie needs a break here and there. Per Cap Geek, Hedberg has one more season remaining on his contract at a very reasonable $1.4 million, so it's unlikely we've seen the last of him in a Devils uniform -- but I do think we've seen the last of him this season. Even if the Devils do make the playoffs (something we'll get into deeper on Thursday), I don't think there'll be any more Moose sightings this season.
What do you guys think? Do you agree/disagree with starting Marty until the end? Will this wear him out?