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Martin Brodeur is thinking of playing one more year

Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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If you were thinking this season would be Martin Brodeur‘s last, you might want to think again.

Brodeur tells the New York Post’s Mark Everson that he’s thinking about coming back next season and his reasoning is pretty sound.

“I’m having fun,” said Martin Brodeur, expected to be in goal for the Devils tonight when the Jets visit Prudential Center.

“I feel differently about it now than I did last summer, or at the start of the season,” Brodeur said. “It’s not 100 percent, but I’m definitely leaning toward coming back next year.”

If Brodeur does come back next season, he’ll be making life a lot easier for Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. The Devils don’t have a future franchise goalie ready to go next season. Youngsters like Keith Kinkaid (in the AHL) and Scott Wedgewood (in junior hockey) may or may not be the right guys to supplant Brodeur and Brodeur’s backup, Johan Hedberg, is just a year younger than he is. Brodeur turns 40 in May.

As it is, Devils fans will be thrilled to have Brodeur come back for one more season and pay tribute to the guy that helped put their team on the map. Another year would also allow Brodeur the chance to make his career wins record all the more untouchable. At 638 wins and counting, a goalie is going to have to put in a lot of work to just get close to him.

  1. Rob - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    No current goalie will get close to Brodeur’s record for wins (or shutouts) in my humble opinion. Only one who might come close is Quick, and that’s IF he sustains a high level of play on a good team (i.e a team that can help win a few games for him from time to time)

  2. missthemexpos - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Brodeur’s record for wins by a goalie is as safe as Gretzky’s record for all-time points. Both these records will stand the test of time.

  3. dddk722 - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Goalies are used more in tandem’s now similar to the shift in the NFL with running backs…The days of goalies starting 70+ games are over…noone will touch his record..

  4. jfive84 - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I am a long time devils fan and love Marty but PLEASE DO NOT COME BACK NEXT YEAR. The team needs to move on already. We get it, you’re a legend. You have numerous NHL records and can even get away with banging your wife’s sister. BUT PLEASE, RETIRE. There is no way in hell this guy can compete for a Stanley Cup anymore. It pains me to say it, but it’s true.

  5. sbrowncreative - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I’d like to see him play one more time. One more year.

    He’s the Great One In Goal.

    He can do whatever the hell he wants after all the saves he’s given this Devil’s
    fan.

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