I just wanted to write you this letter to tell you I am sorry. I know, I know - that seems disingenuous considering I have despised you for so many years and I am only "penning" this following your eternal eviction from championship contention. However, isn't hatred that's based almost entirely on greatness the ultimate sign of respect? Annnnyway, I am just making you are aware that my animosity towards you no longer exists. Instead, it has transformed into pity. Maybe you don't need sympathy from a Devils fan that has always wished you nothing but disappointment, but I figured I would fill that void since you're not going to get it from your own organization. So try to ignore all of those GIF's I posted of random reality stars placing tiaras on their head, because every time I referred to you as "the queen" I did so with the upmost appreciation for your ability between the pipes.
Ironically enough, the same franchise that pays you 8.5 million dollars a year and basically perpetuated this whole "King" nickname nonsense can't say the same. For as much as they have profited off your efforts, they have never aided in them. The endless desire to trade for aging veterans despite a rate of success that has Isiah Thomas revising his resume? The incredibly inflated extensions for players that range from below average to functionally handicapped? The inability to field a formidable roster despite playing in a city that inherently gives them a leg up on the competition? The New York Rangers franchise has done everything in their power to sully the name you have worked tireless to build for yourself, and I can't help but think that you have earned better treatment than that.
In the interest of full disclosure Henrik, I was one of those dickhead Devils fans sitting on my couch praying upon your postseason downfall the last few seasons. Just know that it was all a product of my undying distaste for your employer. In fact, if there was one thing I didn't have a problem with as the Rangers tested my patience and continued to win in spite of themselves it was that you were finally getting the opportunities that you deserved. That undefeated streak in Game 7's that was maintained all the way up until last year? I tip my hat. To refer to it only as impressive would be a disservice. I never attempted to downplay your personal accomplishments as that GAA somehow managed to decrease every time the importance of the game increased. I simply tried to bring light to the fact that the ineptitude of your peers forced you to perform in that situation so often. The help that your teammates annually failed to provide you could not go without mention.
Now, I am not going to stop mockingly chanting your first name each time Adam Henrique slips one by you. After all, I am primarily writing this to strong-arm the New York faithful into loathing themselves for agreeing with me. I can - however - make you one promise. Every time an uneducated Rangers fan tries to tell me that Marty Brodeur only has three Stanley Cups because of his supporting cast I will provide them this "friendly" reminder...
The ONLY reason that you will FOREVER have NONE is because YOUR franchise failed to give you a comparable supporting cast.
It's the least I can do for one of the best goalies of all time that will never be able to fill that trophy case enough to back up that claim.
All the worst,
Your most secretest of admirers
P.S. Marty's better.
P.P.S. So is Cory.