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What Needs to Happen for New Jersey This Offseason

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 22:  Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center at on April 22, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Andrew NasonContributor IApril 23, 2010

I was shocked last night.

Not because the Flyers blew us to smithereens, though that was disappointing.

I was shocked by what King Marty Brodeur said after the game:

“I just don’t believe it,” he said. "It’s kind of tough to digest. We had a hell of a team here, but for whatever reason we never got to the level we needed to play in the playoffs. I’m just really disappointed, that’s for sure.”

Disappointed it what, exactly?

Disappointed in your team?

Disappointed with yourself?

Both?

What?

News flash Devils fans: We don't have a good team.

We don't.

You know you aren't good when you are monsters during the regular season, and then get eliminated in the opening round—for the third consecutive year!

You know you aren't very good when you are the No. 2 seed and the team that beats you is a No. 7 seed that just barely skated in.

And you really know you aren't a good team when your goalie, who has shut out opponents a total of 133 games by the way, loses to a goalie who has lost more games than he has won.

Wake up and smell the failure, Marty.

Personally, I'd like to see a dismantling of the whole team this offseason.

Bye Jamie Langenbrunner!

Bye Patrik Elias!

Bye Zach Parise!

Bye Ilya Kovalchuk!

Bye Jacques Lemaire! (For sure!)

And, I know you guys are going to kill me for saying this but...

Bye Martin Brodeur!

Say goodnight to all of these guys, and what's that word?

I forgot.

Oh yeah!

REBUILD!

Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild. 

Personally, I'd rather see a crappy team that loses a lot of games, but that is improving, than a team that gets into the playoffs, but loses in the opening round—for the third time!

Show us what the future of Devils hockey is.

And say goodbye to Martin.

And do that seven-letter-word.

What is that word again?

Oh yeah!

REBUILD!

Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild...

-Andrew Nason, contributor to Bleacher Report

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