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Should Martin Brodeur retire if the Devils win the Cup?

May 27, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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Let’s just get the question out of the way: Should Martin Brodeur retire if New Jersey wins the Cup?

All season long Brodeur has talked like a guy who seems pretty set on coming back next season, even when he’s saying he’s not 100-percent sure. Retirement is on his mind but it hasn’t seemed to be his motivation this year. After all, he’s looked great in the playoffs and for the entire second half of the season and he’s told Renaud Lavoie from RDS he has no intention to retire after the playoffs.

Still though, if the Devils go on to win the Stanley Cup this season, what’s left for Brodeur to do?

A Cup this year would be his fourth, giving him as many as Patrick Roy had in his career and twice as many as Dominik Hasek. If Brodeur managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, that would give him one award, aside from the Hart Trophy, that’s eluded him in his Hall-Of-Fame career. At 40-years-old, finding new records to set and awards to win when you’re already, arguably, the best goaltender in history might prove impossible.

Going out riding high is everyone’s dream, but for Brodeur going out when he’s good and ready to seems to be more likely. No one wants to see a legendary player go out the way say Michael Jordan did in ignominy in Washington as a Wizard rather than as a champion in Chicago.

What do you think? If the Devils win it all, should Marty take a seat? Vote in our poll or leave us a comment.

  1. dsd3 - May 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    He should do whatever he wants.

  2. blueblood86 - May 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    That crybaby is Not gonna win.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - May 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    If the Devils convince him they have two goalies better than him AND he no longer has the fire inside, then he should probably call it a career. Otherwise…

    • jkonigsb - May 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      The Devils don’t have a goalie under contract past this season. If Brodeur decides to retire, you can be sure they will resign Hedberg as he played great in most of his starts this season, and try to go after Luongo or possiblly Vokoun

  4. scionofflame - May 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I agree with dsd3, but part of me also says…yes. Retire on a high note. He’s won so much and set SO many records. I think he’s accomplished everything a person gets into the NHL to do.

  5. cuffhimbanano - May 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    It’s his choice. Once you walk away you’re done. He might value another season in the league over fans’ obsession with the whole going out on a high note thing.

  6. lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    it’s obviously his choice but “if” he wins the cup, I am sure he goes out on top.

    That’s a great way to retire

  7. teaspoon1731 - May 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I think he should probably retire either way. I know that sentiment is gonna get my downvoted, but he’s starting to show his age. Don’t get me wrong, he’s was amazing against the Rangers and the Flyers, but he looked very beatable against Florida. And during the season, he was looking very unMartylike more than once.

    Based on where his skills are right now, he’s probably got another season or two in him. But why not go out now, while he’s still great. Don’t let us ever see the human, fallible side of his goaltending.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      what’s your alternative?

  8. babar61 - May 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    I hope so, it’s sad when athletes (especially all time greats) stick around into their 40s. Retire on top Marty!

  9. claysbar - May 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Retire, come back on as goalie coach to help out if they go with a young goalie approach and if things look bleak, sign a contract and get back in net.

    • geshtahl - May 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      After I read the first three words of your post, and before I read the rest of it, I thought of Brett Favre for some reason.

      • superross - May 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        that’s funny!

      • claysbar - May 30, 2012 at 3:27 AM


  10. quonce - May 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Strive for 5 if he wins and make a Cal Ripken-esque tour around league as the greatest NHLer since Wayne Gretzky.

    His records are almost as unbreakable as the Great Ones with the NHL the way it is today.

  11. superross - May 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I don’t like the Devils, but Martin Brodeur is the G.O.A.T!

  12. jimw81 - May 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Martin Brodeur is being protected from the devils defense. But, He’s a first ballot HOF’er, Why not go out on top?

  13. rainyday56 - May 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    He’s a better goalie than most and can handle the puck better than most defensemen still. Never count him out.

  14. txnative61 - May 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Reasons both ways are personal. Financial? Professional? Life? Does he want or need money, career records, a second career, more family time? Not our place to advise him.

  15. blast126 - May 28, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    40 years old, is a good age for a retirement and even better if Brodeur wins Stanley Cup

  16. kantnockdahustle89 - May 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I thought he had to play until his kids graduated college because he cheated on his wife. 500k a year or something until they graduate…?

    • jason9696 - May 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      He cheated on his ex-wife with his sister-in-law. What a slime ball.

      • txnative61 - May 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Ha! Gets “fastest caught cheating” for that I bet.

  17. nyrangersfan - May 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    It’ll be a shame if he loses to the Kings, comes back next year and has an awful year. Retiring that way won’t be forgotten. However, Mawty’s head is so swollen that, that will probably be the outcome.

  18. jason9696 - May 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I hope Brodeur retires WHEN the Devils lose.

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