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Brodeur’s heart says stay in NHL, waiting on body’s verdict

Jan 12, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

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Jaromir Jagr isn’t the only New Jersey Devils player in his 40s that’s interested in extending his career, accord to the Bergen Record.

Although many have assumed that this will be Martin Brodeur‘s last season, the 41-year-old goaltender admitted that if it were up to his heart, he would play in 2014-15.

“My body could be a different story,” Brodeur added. “We’ll see.”

Brodeur is showing his age, but he’s remained solid and would probably be able to get a one-year contract. The question is if it would be with New Jersey, given that the team is likely to shift its focus to Cory Schneider beyond the 2013-14 campaign.

Although he has spent his entire career with New Jersey, Brodeur isn’t against signing with another club if he decides that he wants to play and the Devils no long appear to be a good fit.

“But right now my heart is here to try to finish strong and prove that I can still be a big impact in hockey games,” Brodeur said.

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  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Why ruin your legacy? Outside of one last pay day I see no valid reason for him to go somewhere else, take your 3 rings and your label as the greatest New Jersey Devil of all-time and ride off into the sunset.

    • paul621 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Maybe he enjoys playing hockey. I’d say that’s a valid reason.

    • claudegirwho - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Oh I’m sure it’s because he just wants that one last payday. I’m sure devils fans will look at him differently if he goes somewhere else for another year. He will still be the most beloved goalie for that team and the fans will love him no matter what.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      So one bad season at 42 years old would ruin his entire playing career?

  2. couldhavegonepro - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    As a devils fan I would happily have brodeur stay with the devils. Although it’s important to keep Schneider happy since he is the devils future. I think the best case scenario would be if brodeur would accept a backup role and let Schneider get the bulk of the games

  3. devilsarethebest - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    His ego is too big to accept a backup role, so I think he’s done with the Devils. Schneider is by far the superior goalie and there’s absolutely no reason why Marty should start over him. If he wants another payday, have a nice day.

    • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Ego! Are you serious? If he had an ounce of ego he would have left NJ along time ago instead of taking less money to benefit the team.

      • cheesesteak75 - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Ego, yes! This is the same guy who slept with his sister-in-law!

      • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Ego? No! That’s stupidity.

  4. jasminedonut - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Fatso is an egotistical, whining, douche, that being said, as a hater of him, I hope he stays with the Devils. He is a Devil and he should retire a Devil.

  5. 950003cups - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Marty will probably want a shot at a cup. But the problem is, most cup contending teams have a goalie.

    He’s done enough to do whatever he wants and still not worry about his legacy. Just stay out of the division.

  6. esracerx46 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    This is a lot like Brett Favre in Green Bay. Packers had Rodgers waiting, and the Devils have Schneider. Both teams have moved on, but its hard to let go of a legend.

    • nj666 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      tell me about it, my two favorite athletes for most of my life have been favre and brodeur

  7. 950003cups - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Favre’s last game as a Packer he went to the NFC finals and lost in OT. Of course his last play was an interception. But he still showed he had plenty of gas in his tank bringing the Jets to 8-3 beating the undefeated (10-0) Titans. I’m sure many Pacs fans were worried that they didn’t re-sign him after he decided not to retire. But then, they won a Super Bowl the following year only to have one of the most prolific QBs in today’s NFL.

    Hope the same happens with Marty. But Kovalchuk retiring sure set the team back. They need that ONE GUY. They need to get another premier name. Another Kovalchuk that can take over a game at the right time. Not sure there are any.

  8. thejrod2006 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I wonder if it’s just a case of Marty’s ego refusing to accept that he’s getting older and the Devils might want to do what every team in sports wants to do by getting younger.

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