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Brodeur, Jagr won’t commit to this being final season

Sep 11, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur AP

Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr aren’t ready to commit to retiring.

That’s what the two 41-year-olds said during the opening day of New Jersey Devils training camp on Tuesday, each claiming they’re open to returning for the 2014-15 season.

“I’m not going to comment on, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘Yes, I won’t [retire]‘. So, you can tell [media] around the League they don’t have to ask that question,” Brodeur said, as per NHL.com. “I’m not going to tell anybody if I’m going to retire or not until I make a decision of coming back or not.”

Brodeur made it clear this year wouldn’t be a farewell tour across the league.

Jagr said much of the same, saying his playing days won’t be ending anytime soon. He even took things a step further by committing to re-joining the Czech Extraliga when his time in the NHL is complete.

“I said it might be my last year. It depends on how I play,” he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “I don’t want to be somewhere where I’m not going to be good or help. Of course, I’m going to go back and play in the Czech League. I have to do it.

“I love [the Czech Republic]. I love the Czech League.”

Jagr also stated he wants to be on the Czech Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi games and wants to play for the Czechs at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, to be held in Prague and Ostrava.

He’d be 43 at the time.

“I’m excited. I love the game,” Jagr said on Tuesday. “I want to keep playing,”

  1. girouxed - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Good for them. If they can keep making 7 figures well into their 40s then more power to them.

  2. heynyc61 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    If u can play and do it well. Keep it going

  3. canucks30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I’m sure Cory Schneider loves hearing that

    • nj666 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      He’s probably fine with it, he gets to watch and learn from one of the best goalies ever while knowing Marty is less than two years out not to mention he’ll most likely take a backup role towards the end of this season.

    • millertime1101 - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      cory is happy they have best goalie combo 25 win each is totally a possibility

  4. 950003cups - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    This is likely Marty’s last year. His injuries are becoming more and more, and his healing time is taking longer and longer. Same old injuries will keep creeping up on him. Just like Derek Jeter’s ankle. Which is why I believe Derek Jeter has already played his last game as a starting SS

  5. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Jagr was fun to watch in Boston and for some reason I think he’ll do a little better in NJ.

    For the goalies, it’s the perfect situation. It eases Schneider into the organization with a little less pressure than “replacing” Brodeur. If they spread out the games between them it will cut wear and tear on Marty as Cory gains confidence.

    Congrats to Brodeur for making the cover of NHL 2014. I think he well deserves the honor.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’d keep playing professionally until they locked me out of the rink. I hope these guys play for a few more years

  7. jacketsfan7 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Who will jagr sign with when the season ends?

  8. stakex - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Yeah I really hope Jagr has the gas left in the tank to play in the NHL for a few more seasons. He might not be what he once was, but its still fun to watch him play.

    And once he’s done in the NHL, I have no doubt he can go play overseas for a few more years. The guys in terrific shape, and in a slightly slower league he will still be a super star.

  9. Exiled1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I’ll be 35 in November and have both Jagr’s and Brodeur’s rookie cards. And got them both out of regular packs. That alone makes me feel old. Wish kids collected cards again. Fun hobby. My sons would’ve loved it.Too many other distractions now.

  10. justinmarch82 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    It’s a shame Jamir has hit rock bottom and is playing with ther Dirt Devils. Atleast you add an IE or A Y at the end of either name!! What do I mean, martY,scottiE,kolvY.You LOOSER Devils fans have to add an E or IE or Y to whom ever you can. Sounds like a bunch of babY’s over there in The Murder Capitol of the USA (NEWARK), your reign is Over on the ICE, not that there was much of one anyhow. KOLVY saw the writting on the wall, so did Parisite and I don’t know what Toronto was thinking. Now all ya have to do is get rid of your senior Citizen announcer CHEECHO. what a Joke, one of you looser’s called NJD a “Class A Franchise” did you hear the word BANKRUPT lately?? Like The Great One said long ago “MICKEY MOUSE ORGANIZATION” What a Joke, Can wait for The New York Rangers and the Islanders slap your sorry A”sss” around this year, Your all a bunch of band wagon fans, until this past season you couldn’t even sell out your home games and this past year is because there were only 48 games. Remember you saw it here you bunch of M O U S E’S. YOUR TEAM WILL B PULLING THEIR COLLECTIVE GENITALS THIS SEASON FOR SURE. LATER looozer”s

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