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Martin Brodeur: One bad game or is this it for him?

Nov 3, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT

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To say it was a bad night for Martin Brodeur would be putting it lightly. While there’s no shame in losing to the Maple Leafs (at least at this point in the season there’s not) giving up four goals on 11 shots at one point and five on 15 shots at another thing.

Giving up a hat trick to Joffrey Lupul in less than seven minutes makes for stunning news and even in spite of making one of the best saves of the year on Phil Kessel to show he’s still got the ability to steal one, is this it for Marty? Sure it may have been Brodeur just shaking off the rust after having a few weeks off with a shoulder injury and having to deal with a Leafs team that scores in bunches can give any goalie headaches, even a 39 year-old future Hall Of Famer.

Looking back at how those goals went in though… It leaves your mind spinning wondering if we’re watching Brodeur play in his final season for the Devils.

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Goals beating Marty through the armpit like you’re playing NHL 12 on rookie level, goals where you’re left wondering, “How did that get through?” and goals where you know that Marty of old would’ve had without a problem. You look at how Brodeur’s numbers ballooned up last season and then you see how through two and a half games this year he looks human and the one conclusion you can come up with is, “This is it.”

With how strong Johan Hedberg has been this year in New Jersey, coach Peter DeBoer is going to have to be more judicious in the number of starts he gives to Brodeur. If this isn’t it for Brodeur, he’s got to start showing it soon.

  1. cshearing - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    You cannot base these types of thoughts on a single game, that’s lunacy. That being said, this could very well be his last year. I am expecting his retirement at the end of the season.

  2. stakex - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Its been “it” for Brodeur for a couple years now.

    If Brodeur had a defense in front of him that was as good of one that he had for the better part of his career (a large part of why Brodeur was as good as he was btw)… he could probably milk it for another year or two. However, the Devils simply do not have the defense to continue to make him look like a star anymore, and if the Devils want to be a contenter again its time to move on. Good money says this is his last year.

    Of course as a Rangers fan, I would love to see the Devils hang on to him for a couple more years.

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