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Brodeur ready to test free agency this summer if Devils don’t want him

Mar 30, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

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Martin Brodeur has been talking a lot about his future and much of that talk has centered around whether or not that future will have the New Jersey Devils in it.

Brodeur tells Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger he’s “80-percent sure” he’ll play again next season and with his contract up after this season, he wants to know if the team he’s played for his entire career will want him back.

“It all depends on what is on the table, whether it’s in New Jersey or somewhere else. I’m open-minded about it,” Brodeur said. “I’m looking for specific things some teams probably can’t give me. And that’s understandable at my age. But if I feel I can play and people want me, we’ll see.”

Brodeur, 41, said he hasn’t closed the door on staying in New Jersey, but the Devils have moved to Cory Schneider as their No. 1 goalie and he wants to play more than he has this season.

Funny thing about that… Brodeur has appeared in 36 games this season and Schneider has been in 39. Judging by what Brodeur said, he’s angling for a starting job.

This season, Brodeur has put up a .903 save percentage, up .002 from last season, but off his career average of .912. If he’s looking to start somewhere else, he might have a tough time selling that.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    He is completely within his rights to play one more year for another team (if another wants him), but I hate seeing legendary players leave the team they played their entire career with only to play one year too many and kind of tarnish their legacy a bit. Like Mike Madano leaving the North Star/Stars only to have a disappointing last season with the Red Wings.

    • joey4id - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      That’s hog wash. How’s Gretzky’s legacy after playing at least one and perhaps two years too many? C’mon! If they guy wants to go, and a team is willing to pay him, then s be it. Can’t be as bad as signing TT who had not played a full season.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Fatso says Sean Avery. Lol

  3. prd797 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I’m sorry, but anyone who offers Marty a starting job, with the numbers he’s had this year, is absolutely nuts. I get he wants to play, but he cannot nor should not taking a starting spot from someone inevitably younger next season.

    He’d be foolish to finish his career elsewhere, as anyone who would want him as a starter wouldn’t be competing for the Cup anyway.

    The likely options will be: Either accept a backup job with New Jersey next year, or hang ‘em up. Hell, he could very well hang around NJ as a goalie coach and get back in the action if injuries hit.

  4. lowenni - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I respect him wanting to play and start, and I think he could still be a good backup especially with his veteran prescence, but he simply isn’t capable of being a starter anymore and putting up good performances game-to-game. Schneider has proved that Brodeur’s numbers aren’t a result of the Devils play. Hope Brodeur stays with the Devils for one more year, who I’m sure would resign him. There simply isn’t going to be any contending team that signs him on as a starter, which is what his hope is. Sucks to see him go out like that but it’s reality.

  5. 950003cups - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    He’s a legend. As soon as they fire Lamoriello, he’ll be re-signed.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I like you 950003 cups.

  7. mshantz22 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    I understand if a guy wants to win a cup, like Alfredsson or I final, but this is a bit disappointing.

  8. meyeshua - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    WTF. A few weeks ago it was reported that he was traded.

  9. flyboystransport - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Expect Carolina

  10. massconn72 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I just have to agree with the majority here. No NHL team is going to sign him expecting him to be their starter. I love Marty, but they would be fools. He is deluding himself and he really is tarnishing his image.

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