Good news for the Devils is bad news for Patrick Roy’s career wins record and Scott Clemmensen’s mode of transportation.
Martin Brodeur is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Avalanche as he returns from surgery to repair a torn biscep muscle. Unless you’re an Eastern Confernce foe you’re probably happy to see Brodeur return to the crease. If you’re a fan of the Canadian Olympic team you’re probably ecstatic. If you’re Scott Clemmensen on the other hand you’re getting ready to ride the buses again.
New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello is adamantly against carrying three goalies and since Kevin Weekes would need to clear waivers it just made more sense to him to send down Clemmensen. If I remove any emotional goalie attachment to Clemmensen and the way he has kept the Devils in the playoff hunt when many were predicting Brodeur’s injury was the death blow to the Devils’ playoff chances… AND I forget about the fact that the Devils are now in first place in the Atlantic and with Brodeur’s return should be able to hold that spot through the end of the season… AND I remind myself that Steve Yzerman is almost certainly penciling in a healthy Brodeur at the top of the depth chart for the 2010 games… if I get my mind around all those goalie emotions then I have no choice but to agree with Lamoriello’s decision.
But it still sucks for Clemmensen. This is the same type of treatment he’s received throughout his NHL career. Clemmensen and Weekes are both UFA’s after this season so I still hold out hope that Clemmensen will be justly rewarded on July 1st.
The only other person probably not excited by Brodeur’s return is Patrick Roy. The seven game lead he holds over Brodeur for most career wins will start to shrink again and probably disappear before the end of March. But it looks like Terry Sawchuk’s shutout record (also a difference of seven) should live to see the ’09-’10 season.
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