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NHL on NBC: Devils’ Brodeur to sit out against Rangers

Apr 26, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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Future Hall-of-Fame goalie Martin Brodeur will watch the New Jersey Devils’ season finale against the New York Rangers from the bench Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“It would’ve been fun to have that challenge. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really mean anything for us. It’s still playoff position for them,” Brodeur told The Star-Ledger.

“If it meant something, I was going to play, but it doesn’t.

“Getting booed for two hours for no reason, I don’t know if I was really up for it. If it meant something, I didn’t mind.”

The Devils, last year’s Eastern Conference champions and Stanley Cup finalists, will not compete in the 2013 playoffs.

With that in mind, there is the prospect of change to the Devils’ roster in the off-season. The 40-year-old Brodeur will be watching what happens in New Jersey, particularly when it comes to unrestricted free agents who may not be coming back for 2013-14.

The Rangers, however, are heading to the playoffs.

They currently sit eighth in the East, and could be looking at a potential first-round match-up against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the top team in the conference.

The Rangers do also have a chance to finish as high as sixth in the conference, which would pit them against the red-hot Washington Capitals.

“We’re still playing in our home barn, our fans are there,” Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh told ESPN New York.

“It’s our last game of the regular season and we still have a chance to move up in the standings, depending on how teams shake out. We’re just gonna approach it like another huge two points, which it is, and try to get another win on home ice.”

  1. rainyday56 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM

  2. bensawesomeness - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Oh boy am I glad that this game is on instead of any of the Detroit, Columbus, or Minnesota games! Who wants to see THAT drama unfold?! I’d rather watch this nothing of a game.
    Not like the other games mean anything to those fanbases or anything.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    What a weird quote from a competitor

  4. nashernation - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    That doesn’t sound like Brodeur. I don’t want to get yelled at for two hours. You sissy! How about trying to shut up us Ranger fans.

  5. rgledz - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Thank goodness they have a meaningless Eastern conference game on tomorrow. We’re all clamoring for it. Can we get a double header and maybe get a Islander’s game too?? Maybe Buffalo…..they’re out of it too right? Nice job NBC.

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Buy center ice if you want to watch those games. Stop complaining you cry baby.

  7. gbar22 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Shut up the rangers fans? Impossible. Those morons have one cup in 73 years despite having every financial advantage available to them. Hell they’ve only ever won one conference championship! While every other team around them Devils Flyers Penguins and the islanders have enjoyed multiple cups division titles and conference championships in that same time period. The rangers fan can’t shut up and has to talk so much because everyone else around him is naturally blessed and well the rangers fan has to over compensate. Not worth anyone’s time.

  8. lost840 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    What a baby. Not surprised…this is a “world-class” goalie who has no class. Even going back to not shaking Avery’s hand when they were eliminated. I hope they still boo him on the bench. “We want Maaaaaarty”

    • dmarsden2988 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Avery is such a classy guy

    • jb8383 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Please Torts did not shake any of the devils players hands after the devils knocked them out last year. Don’t talk about class because the rangers have none.

  9. gertrudegoat - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I cannot believe Broduer thinks the game isn’t worth his time. What a bum. I think the game matters just a bit to the Senators, Rangers and Islanders. Maybe its time for “Fatso” to call it a career.

    • dmarsden2988 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Cute nickname, I’m sure you think the king fits Lundqvist……wait till he actually wins the only thing in hockey that matters before being proclaimed king, but the rangers fans always need something to grab onto

      Its ok a top 3 if not the best ever goalie doesn’t need a nickname to prop himself up on, he has proved to everyone he is a winner and can get it done

  10. gbar22 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    And tell me why the devils should care about any of those teams? They are all locked in the game is meaningless and brodeur just came off playing 16 consecutive games which is a lot for him at his age and they way the devils have used him. Hedberg will start along with the rookies because its about next season for the devils not this season.

    Why do fans of other teams care? I have no idea.

  11. 950003cups - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Ranger fans aren’t worthy of his presence. What this writer left out of the article was that he thought Hedberg played we and deserved one more game after sitting so long. Last time Marty missed a game at MSG when healthy, was in the late 90’s. so he might be covering up a nagging injury or something. He LOVES competing there. Except, again, there is nothing to compete for.

    Don’t worry rags fans. You only have another 3 home games left of The Great Brodeur. After that maybe you’ll appreciate him. I know many older Ranger fans who, deep down, will miss him more than some Devils fans. His name represents two decades of rivalry.

  12. 950003cups - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Range last time Brodeur did not start a game in MSG while healthy you’ll have to go back to Dec 5, 1993. Do the math and you’ll see, that’s close to 20 years. Longer than many of you have been living! Within that time until now, he’s reset about a dozen records, won 5 eastern conference titles, 3 Stanley cups, multiple Vezina trophies, a Calder, 2 Olympic Golds, and some records he currently has been setting will likely never be beaten. If you combine every goalie who wore a rangers jersey from that time, including Richter, they don’t hold a candle to Brodeur, for he has accomplished more by himself.

  13. 950003cups - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Lol! Crowd at MSG chants “We want Mar-ty, We want Mar-ty”

  14. jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Dude, come up for air already.

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