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Brodeur wants to play next season

Mar 8, 2014, 10:40 AM EST

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 04: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on March 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

Martin Brodeur might not retire with the New Jersey Devils after all.

Although the team ultimately held onto him as the trade deadline passed, Brodeur doesn’t want this season to be his swan song. He’s hoping to ink a new contract before the 2014-15 campaign, so long as he can find a situation he would be comfortable in.

One thing the 41-year-old goaltender doesn’t require is assurances that he’ll be the starter before he signs with any club.

“No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said, per the Star-Ledger.

That might mean that he will end up re-signing with the Devils, but he isn’t promising that. When he was younger, he was committed to sticking with the Devils, even when those around him suggested that he could get more money elsewhere. Now he’s more willing to listen to others’ advice.

There’s no question Brodeur is in the twilight of his career and he might find that there isn’t a market out there for him, despite his status as one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time. So perhaps we will witness his last game in the near future, but that’s not his wish.

  1. penguins87and71 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    It would be cool to see him in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey next year!

  2. wranglerick - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Marty baby, love ya, just be the goalie coach for the only team you’ve been on.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I think it would feel kinda wrong seeing Brodeur in another jersey next season. During his prime he was the best goalie I’ve seen, carrying the Devils to multiple Cups. But he’s just not a full-time #1 anymore. Either retire or backup Schneider, Marty.

  4. smarshall3789 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Hey Marty the Canucks need a goalie lol!!

  5. superbowl42champs - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Just give it up brett favre

    • 950003cups - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Favre’s and Brodeur’s careers are nothing alike. Favre made the big show once and won. Marty made it 5 times and won 3. Brodeur holds more records. Favre talked about retiring “this season” three times with Green Bay. Then when he finally did it, he was already replaced with Rogers. Then retired again with the Jets and came back out to play with the Vikings. Marty never said “this is it” ever. Always eluded to “I want to keep playing” every year.

      Martin Brodeur is not Brett Favre at all.

  6. djshnooks - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Hasek was better.

    • 950003cups - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Hasek was flashier. But in no way “better”. Hasek was fun to watch. But not a better goalie at all. Brodeur’s positioning makes a good save look routine. Hasek made a routine save look like a highlight reel.

      • dtownbeatdown - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        I disagree, from the time they both started in the NHL, to 2002 Haskek faced 1060 more shots than Brodeur. He also let in 135 fewer goals in that time frame.

        Brodeur had more playoff experience but he also had a much more talented team then the Sabres. But that makes it even more impressive that Hasek had better numbers with a mediocre team, whereas Brodeur had a talented team for majority of his career.

        Don’t get me wrong Brodeur is a top 3 goalie in my lifetime, but not the best. I would say that is between Roy and Hasek.

      • theuncritic - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        No, he was definitely better. Even NHL Network made Hasek #1 all-time on their Top 10 goalie list.
        People forget Marty had hall of fame defensemen in front of him and a, now, illegal system. The trap made that team defensive gods.
        Put Hasek on the Red Wins for all of the 90s and we wouldn’t even talk about Marty like this.
        Btw, that list had Marty at #3. Jacques Plaque was #2 to Hasek.

  7. barkar942 - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    And he wants to do it somewhere that has more than two fans in the stands to watch. (and one of them looks like a blurry Toronto fan).

    • 950003cups - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Devils have a small fan base. But it’s a passionate fan base. Compare it to any game at MSG. Look at how many fans wear jerseys to games. MSG’s bottom bowl is all drunk dudes in suits who don’t know the difference between a blueline and a clothesline. While their upper levels are full of diehards. Even famous Dancing Larry is up against the wall. Now after the makeover, MSG is getting worse as far as passionate fans. They’re getting outpriced by corporations. Why do you think you see so many ranger fans at Devils vs Ranger games in NJ? Cause they don’t have to pay ridiculous prices. They buy all those tickets on opening day. I don’t blame them. To me it’s a travesty that these guys can’t go root for their team over corporate alcoholics in suits.

      • 19inarow - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I live one block from MSG, on the first floor, next to a parking garage. Most of the likely alcoholics are wearing jerseys, not suits.

  8. yukon13 - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    And you would be wrong

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