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Report: Six teams express interest in Brodeur

Jun 27, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

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Half a dozen teams have expressed a level of interest in Martin Brodeur, agent Pat Brisson told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Brodeur, 42, announced two weeks ago he’d be testing free agency and potentially moving on from New Jersey, the first and only team he’s ever played for during his Hall of Fame career.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m definitely going to be available July 1,” Brodeur told ESPN.com on June 6. “I want to play one more season and I want to see what’s out there.”

The news came on the same day New Jersey’s other goalie, Cory Schneider, said he wanted assurances he’d be the clear-cut No. 1 for the Devils after splitting games with Brodeur this year. Brodeur acknowledged part of his reason for heading to free agency was to ease the transition for Schneider to become the No. 1, and it’s worth noting Schneider holds some leverage, given he’s an unrestricted free agent following this season.

“It’s a discussion about if they want me to be the guy going forward, we have to figure out that part of it,” Schneider said, per the Star-Ledger. “I’m probably 50 or 75 games short of where I would have liked to be as far as career games-played. That’s a result of splitting the time in goal in Vancouver as well as last year.

“I was hoping to step into that (No. 1 role) maybe a little earlier.”

As mentioned above, Brodeur’s spent his entire 23-year career with the Devils, winning three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies. He’s also the NHL’s all-time leader in games played, wins and shutouts.

It’s unclear what six teams are in the mix right now but, per LeBrun, the number of interested suitors is expected to grow after the dust settles on this weekend’s draft in Philly.

  1. bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Canucks have to be one of those teams. Honestly I think MB is still better today than Miller. Let him groom and help Lack and allow them to split time. Perfect scenario IMO.

    • jaguar0413 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Apparently you don’t watch a lot of Devils games. Brodeur was pretty terrible the last two seasons. Whoever signs him is going to overpay for a mediocre backup.

  2. thecheeman - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Not to go crazy with semantics here, but his agent said he has spoken with six teams, six teams haven’t expressed some level of interest.

    If Martin Brodeur’s agent tells you he’d like to have a conversation about Martin Brodeur, you probably don’t hang up on him. Out of respect you take the call.

    If you saw Martin Brodeur flopping around on the ice trying to make saves in shootouts last year I don’t see how you bring him in if you’re a serious team.

  3. stonebullet - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Calgary?

    • sgs32 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Nah hardly Calgary, Marty wants to go to a contender..rite?

      • sgs32 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        or my bad, only to be the nr.1 goalie?

  4. blynasty - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Penguins

    • inamfarzad - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      no

      • blynasty - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        It makes so much sense. You are trying to right the ship of your once coveted franchise goalie. You pick up a guy who said coveted goalie can barely keep his blades on the ice when the two teams are playing each other. Yes he will be a bit expensive but Vokoun will be off the books and Zatkoff is not a goalie ready to take the pressure of the playoffs if Fleury flounders again.

  5. jaythehelmetguy - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    If I remember correctly, the Wild were interested in him, but then again all our good goalies were battered, so I’d put my money on a team like Carolina

  6. rsmaggiemae - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Broduers sons all go to Shattuck St Marys for hockey as does Crosbys sister Lindsay
    so it might be worth his while to be in Minnesota to be near his sons as the school is only 60 miles from Mpls.. not far at all and he would be able to see them on his days off

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