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Lamoriello: No goalie he’d want more than Brodeur

Apr 28, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t hold back from praising goalie Martin Brodeur after New Jersey beat Florida Thursday to advance to the second round.

“I think his performance speaks for itself,” Lamoriello told The Record.  “There’s no one who I would want as a goaltender in a seven-game series other than Marty. I’ve said that often, maybe because I’ve seen it so much.”

Brodeur was rock solid in Game 7, stopping 43 of 45 shots in a game that went to double overtime.

The 39-year-old didn’t get off to a great start in these playoffs, but in the four games after getting pulled in Game 3, he allowed just six goals on 119 shots (.950 SV%).

Brodeur is a pending UFA and there’s been talk this could be his last season with the Devils, be it through retirement or the club deciding to go in a different direction.

In December, he said he’d consider playing for a different team if New Jersey didn’t want him anymore.

“In the future you never know, but I don’t want to [play for a different team],” Brodeur said. “But if I want to play — and I have so much respect for this organization — and if they don’t feel I’m the guy for them and they want to move on, if I still want to play I have to look after myself. I don’t see that happening, but I can’t say no.”

The Devils will need to address their future in goal at some point. However, if Brodeur still wants to play next season, it’s hard to see the club bidding adieu to the man that helped it win three Stanley Cups.

Besides, even if they do decide to bring in a youngster, who better to learn from?

  1. uncledick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Brodeur in 2010 playoffs vs flyers
    GP W L SO GA S SV% GAA
    5 1 4 0 15 126 0.881 3.01

    I said before that series he was good, but not great anymore. I stand by that.

    Flyers in 5, again.

  2. maalea - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    The old grey mare ain’t what she used to be.

    As a Flyers fan, theres no goalie I rather have the Devils start.

    Flyers in 5 and fairly easily as well.

  3. quonce - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Everyone pointing at Marty. and yes, he must play out his mind every game for the devils to have a chance, no off nights.

    But I don’t think that’s the true deciding factor in this series. Bryz can sh!t his pants in net on any given night, just as the Marty does once and while, see game 3.

    What I feel will be the over bearing factor each game will how physical Philly is and how much new jersey isn’t besides Clarkson.

    If they impose their will like they did against Pittsburgh then the Devils are going to have a a quick series where Philly scores 5+ a night regardless of super Marti or old man Marti.

    If the devils can keep them wide, control pace and not play into their physicality and rough housing, and get the last four games of the first round Marti, and have more than Kovy and Parise score all the goals, then they have a chance to win, absolutely. (a lot of “and’s” there wasnt it) But the devils need all lines represented on the scoresheet to win.

    -Devils fan

  4. all4hockey - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Did anyone ACTUALLY watch game 3? Although he was pulled it was hardly his fault. They gave the game away on the ok, similar to every game in the series. I’m sick of hearing how bad marty was in that game because I think any goalie would have let in at least 2 of the 3.

    It will be a tough series for sure but I wouldn’t completely count the devils out. They did practically split the season series, and as we all know – anything can happen in playoff hockey.

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