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Brodeur: 2014-15 will probably be my last season

Jun 13, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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Goaltender Martin Brodeur has resisted speculation about his retirement in the past, but at the age of 42 he realizes his career is coming to a close.

“(2014-15 is) going to be probably my last year,” Brodeur told the Bergen Record. “You never know what kind of energy I’m going to get from my decision, but I’m not looking for anything more than one year that’s for sure.”

Brodeur intends to exercise his right to test the unrestricted free agent market, but he hasn’t shut the door on re-signing with New Jersey, if they’ll have him. That’s not the lock it once was because while the Devils would certainly love for him to finish his career with them, they need to fully embrace the Cory Schneider era.

If Brodeur did return for the 2014-15 campaign, it would likely be with the understanding that Schneider would receive far more than the 43 starts he got last season. That might not be something Brodeur would go for if he felt like another team might offer him more playing time.

Whatever happens though, he’s leaving on good terms and with the intention of returning after his playing career is over.

“This organization means everything to me,” he said. “I don’t feel pushed out. I feel appreciated in all ways as far as what I can bring as far as leadership and from the fan base. That’s something that will never go away.

“But, like any competitor, you want to play.”

  1. guanacoracing - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    This is a never-ending saga…

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    This guy is determined to get win # 700 regardless of what team he’s on. He won’t retire until he hits it.

  3. trolltoll11 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Brett Favre of the NHL minus the ick pics

    • 19inarow - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Oh grow up, Sparky.

  4. bbqbandit - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Uncle Daddy!!!!

    • nj666 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      thats all you pathetic rag fans have… at least he doesn’t go around pretending to be king…

      • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        How about Mooch Messier?

        Trying to weasel his way out of helping to financially support a single woman to raise his own child.

      • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        read it for yourselves hockey fans!

  5. Ken Dowell - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    This announcement is about 2 years too late.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      he clearly missed the time to gracefully retire

  6. pjblake2redwings - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Uncle Daddy needs to hang up the skates. All he will get is a back up gig somewhere else so why can’t he just be a legit back up for Shneids instead of the drama of trying to get 30+ games in

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Look at these rags fans. One sniff at the cup in 20 years and they act like drunken sailors in a brothel

  7. 19to77 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    There are only a handful of teams where he’d be better than their existing starter, and predictably, they’re not very good teams – Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver. Would he actually want to go to any of them? He’s probably going to have to accept backup duty this year.

  8. sheapuck - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I liked this announcement the first time….when it was about the ’10-’11 season….then not so much when it was the ’12-’13 season. Now again?! We get it Marty!

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      He’s NEVER said he wanted to retire BEFORE TODAY. This is the first season he’s ever said that.

  9. jessl83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    It’s hard, I want him to finish as a Devil and it will be really strange to see him in another uniform if that’s what happens. However, I want Cory to be the #1 and with Marty as a “backup” I think it’s just too hard. If Cory ever has a bad game people will just expect that Marty should play. It can’t be that way though, Cory has to be allowed to play and have some bad games here and there.

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Cory reminds me of Quick in terms of style. In fact, they’ve played against each other in their younger years. They’re grew up about 2 hours away from each other. Quick had a much better deal when he was drafted and developed. Cory got the shaft. Twice.

      • jessl83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        I’m excited to see Cory play as a true #1 and I really want them to sign him to a long term deal. I also respect Marty so much so it will be hard to see him go, if that happens. It’s not like I want him to leave. In the end, he deserves to play where he wants and go out on his terms.

      • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        All I care about is his next book. I wanna know his REAL feelings on 2 different goals scored. One against him, and one for him.

        A) 4th goal against him on 4/28/09

        B) 3rd goal for him on 4/26/12

        And whole slew of things that happened to the Devils during his final years here. Kovy (coming and going) and Parise saga. Trading for Schneider. The deal Chicago offered him. Last but not least, his time on a new team.

  10. jessl83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I also think that getting the 700 wins is his real motivation to come back for sure.

  11. nj666 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    The only teams that are going to be willing to give him more playing time are going to be worse teams than the devils…

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      No. He’ll be good on a team with a stud goalie who tends to have injury issues. He can ease playing time and perhaps give some pointers on how to prolong their careers.

  12. doknyc - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    about time, right 95003cups? lol

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Its been long enough. To give Rangers fans an idea how long he’s been here, just think. His rookie year was the last time you won a cup. Thats WAYYYYYYYY too long to be playing. Although he slayed your king 2 years ago on the biggest stage in the East.

      He could go to another team if he chooses. Maybe he can go to the rangers. He beat out your so-called “king” and 20 years ago pushed your so-called “messiah” to the brink of elimination in his rookie year.

  13. mgp1219 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    With all due respect…it’s about time.

  14. patthehockeyfan - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Brodeur has had a stellar career, and has provided a reason for long-time fans of the sport to love hockey even more. Don’t know if we can quantify how many new fans he’s brought onboard; but, I’ll bet there are many.

    For those reasons alone, he can retire whenever he wants to retire, even if that means he comes to the rink from an old folks’ home. He’s earned it.

    As to his personal life, first of all, who among us is a saint? Secondly, who are we to judge? Thirdly, who the hell cares about his personal life? It’s his life, and his alone. Are our lives so bereft of interest that we focus our attention on him like a Kardashian? Would any of us want our lives held up to such public scrutiny?

    Whatever Marty Brodeur chooses to do, more power, and the best of luck to him! Thanks for the years, Marty!

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Don’t forget, through all the adversity of his divorce, he raised his children as all good fathers do, and supported his ex-wife very well. Two of his children are following in his footsteps as goaltenders.

      Unlike Mooch Messier who tried to slither his way out of raising his child at all. No money, no visits, no nothing!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        So are his kids brothers and sisters or cousins?

  15. blueshirtsfaithful - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    What a great goalie. So many records and awards, my favorite is The only goalie to be pulled in an outdoor game, and at the hands of the New York Rangers!!! Old man doesn’t know when to give up. A block of Swiss cheese would be a better goalie these days!!!!

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