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Brodeur: “I’m sure these guys, we’ll be celebrating a championship in the near future”

Jun 14, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils clears the puck near the hashmarks against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

Coming so close to winning the Stanley Cup only to ultimately fall short must be tough, but Martin Brodeur was upbeat despite the bitter end to the Devils’ season.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Brodeur said. “It’s not fair because I’ve won before so other people can’t relate to what I have to go through. But this was an unbelievable year. I had a blast. It was an unbelievable year. We gave everything to be in that position that we got ourselves.

“I can go home and be really happy. People who have never won, it’s hard for them to digest that. For me, it’s a tough thing to translate to other guys on the team, but you need to learn how to lose to a certain extent to win.”

As a rookie in 1993-94, Brodeur led the Devils all the way to the Conference finals before they lost in Game 7 to the New York Rangers. However, just a year later, he won the Stanley Cup for the first time.

“It’s just the way it goes,” Brodeur said. “Everybody is there to win and the Kings deserve what they got, but the guys have to be very proud of what we accomplished. I’m sure these guys, we’ll be celebrating a championship in the near future.”

The question is if Brodeur will be a part of that run. He hasn’t made any promises yet, but he certainly seems to be leaning heavily towards playing in 2012-13.

  1. roadtrip3500 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    If the Devils re-sign Parise and keep the core intact for the next few years, there’s no reason why they can’t go just as far in the playoffs for the next few years. And with “Marty Moose” in goal (yes, a Griswolds reference!), Brodeur doesn’t have to play 70 games in the regular season and Hedberg can be more of a factor. That makes them both fresh for the playoffs without one of them being rusty.

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