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Report: Leafs, Bruins, Penguins, ‘Hawks among Brodeur suitors

Jun 28, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur AP

Even considering his advanced age, it sounds like there are plenty of suitors for future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur.

Rumors swirled about the iconic goalie and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and apparently with good reason. Brendan Shanahan acknowledged interest in the 42-year-old, as the Bergen Record reports.

“We’ve expressed an interest,” Shanahan said. “But I think when you get to a point in Marty’s career it’s really about fit. I was never the best goalie in the history of the game, but I’ve been a veteran player sort of making these decisions. You do things differently when you’re at Marty’s point in his career.”

“It’s always going to be about fit.”

It sounds like quite a few Stanley Cup contenders think they can find the right fit for the NHL record holder in wins. The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins have been mentioned as potential interested parties:

There’s a big question about how well the famous goalie would handle being a backup, which would be his gig in just about every contending situation (and most situations, at this stage of his career). He filled Sportsnet in on what kind of role he’s willing to accept earlier last week.

“If I get a job as a No. 1, I think I’m able to handle the workload of 50 to 60 games,” Brodeur said. “If I don’t, and I get a backup job on a team I feel has a chance to win the Stanley Cup, anything between 20 to 30 games I’d be comfortable with in the right situation.”

There are a lot of possibilities buzzing around, yet one very important factor would be money. Brodeur didn’t give any indication about his desired salary, which certainly matters to teams in tight financial situations as championship contenders often are.

Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t sound like Brodeur will lack options when the free agent period begins. Like many other veterans, it’s plausible that he might not make a decision on July 1 (or maybe even in the month of July).

Then again, you never know what will happen once the frenzy begins.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    With the Hawks, Annti Raanta was brought up TOOO soon out of necessity, and after Cory C was healthy again, played very little. It would really help him to be #1 on the AHL and get a lot of work.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Seems odd

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Rats, my “seems odd” comment was meant to concur with the next post. We really don’t have multiple personality disorder, no we certainly don’t;)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Seriously, with the ‘Hawks firing their goalie coach today, it may be that they also want Martin B to do some mentoring.

      Think he knows a thing or two;)))

  2. spitfisher - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Why the bruins, they have 3 goalies Rask, Svedberg and Suban in the wings

    • pfhockey - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Not to mention they have no cap space

    • endroit12 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      not too mention Svedberg signed a one way contract, only makes sense if he’s being used as trade bait (if they sign Brodeur to a deal similar to what Iggy signed last year) but even then, Brodeur was pretty mediocre last year statistically speaking… (I didn’t really watch him play, dunno if their D hung him out to dry a lot)

      • killerpgh - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        Not saying you think this, but it gives the impression that you are. The term “one way contract” makes a lot of people think “one way contract” mean you have to play in NHL and can’t be sent down to the AHL. When all it really means is if he plays in the AHL or NHL you get paid the same. Svedberg contract is less than the “Wade Redden” buried rule so if the Bruins signed Marty to a contract Svedberg can be sent down and count zero dollars against the Bruins cap.

    • sixchr - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Seeing the Bruins having interest in Brodeur makes me want to go plow my head through a wall.

  3. trbowman - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Anyone the Blackhawks aren’t interested in? Think my phone may be ringing before too long.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Sure, Tomas Vanek and any other offense only, not too disciplined, high priced UFAs need not apply.

      Seriously, the Hawks took a step back defensively last year, and I’m quite sure this is very apparent to them.

  4. killerpgh - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I don’t see any chance the Penguins sign him. MAF is in a contract year. This is “another” make or break for him and with the cap max being a problem I don’t think back-up goalie is anywhere near a position on concern for this team.

    • c9castine - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:43 AM

      i still dont feel comfortable trying to be a contender with a backup who has only played 25 NHL games and no playoff games.

      its not that hes not good enough or whatever….to be a backup on a contending team you have to be able to steal a series or something of the No. 1 goes down.

      zatkoff may be better served in his career by not backing up MAF for the next 8 years. he may be better served in a time share type situation on a team like calgary, or edmonton, or buffalo, or somewhere

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I think the Penguins actually make sense for him, it provides them with a proven veteran backup should an injury arise or Fleury goes Fleury again. It also might be good for Fleury to have the presence of one of the best of all time, perhaps he could provide a reassuring voice that gets Fleury’s head back to where it was in 2009?

  5. onemorematt - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Growing up, Marty was my goalie idol. The guy could basically do no wrong in my book.

    Now that there is a rumor even that he may go to my pens….I’m suddenly of the mindset that maybe it IS time he retires!

    But in all honesty, if he wants 20-30 games, I don’t see any of these teams accommodating. Marty is going to be looking more towards that 30 number than 20, and all those goalies are going to want to be playing 65 or so games. Of those goalies, only Rask seems like he would do even remotely well with a guy who thinks he could be number one sitting behind him on the bench. Just doesn’t seem like a good move for any of them.

    In all honesty, I get the feeling #30 might start the season without a team if he doesn’t make it more obvious he’s willing to be the out and out backup, not a 1b guy.

  6. gbditka - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    As much as I love Marty and admire his accomplishments….whatever team brings him on at this point is paying too much and will not be in the hunt to win the Cup! A shame he doesn’t retire a Devil — incredible career!

  7. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Bernier and Brodeur in Toronto. Couldn’t ask for a better mentor to learn from than Marty.

    Reimer needs to get traded first though.

  8. 950003cups - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Marty will be an asset no matter where he goes. Ironically he’d be perfect as an Islander. Think about it.

    Also the rangers would love him. He can show the fake king what a real king’s crown looks like.

  9. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Marty couldn’t hold Hanks jock. Who are you kidding? Marty’s the most overrated goalie of all time. As for your garbage team, the Debbie’s won’t be making the playoffs for the next 10 years with that god aweful roster. Lmao at these know nothing Debbie fans. Keep showing your ignorance and stupidity. Lol.

    • no - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      o…ok….

  10. bskid25 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Ah 950003, finally a blog devil related and still obsessed w the nyr. Little bro syndrome at its finest

    • 950003cups - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      I never wanna read or hear you and the rest of your fairy fan base refer to that goaltender as “King” ever again. He just ain’t got that winning DNA in his blood. Such sad losers. All of you. You’ll never sniff the cup finals ever again.

      (Rags fans: “we have more fans than you so haha”)

      • 950003cups - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        You’ll see that promised fortune from that email a Nigerian prince sent you before you see a Stanley cup!

  11. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    So obsessed on the rangers. The devils suck and will for a long time. Get over it. Get out of your parents basement while you’re at it. What a loser.

  12. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Dude, you’re the loser. Get off the Rangers jock. Marty blows and the Rangers have owned him forever. Check his record against the Rangers in the regular season AND the playoffs. Ownage, loser. Debbie fans are the biggest jokes.

    • bek3017 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      They have owned him? Do u remember henquriqe its over?? Yeah so much for owning broduer he shut u guys down in the east finals son just take a seat and admit it the rags got lucky to even get put of the first round against Philly… What happens when u play against a really good team? U guys lose lol

  13. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    The KING! Rules Martha! always! King. King! You going to do something about it, internet tough guy?

  14. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    2003. Last cup you’ll ever see!

    • nj666 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      1994…

    • 950003cups - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      I’m not sure if you’re aware of it, but “rags” is not a nickname for the rangers. It’s a derogatory name. Such as Philthydelphia Cryers, Pissburgh Bandwagons, The Dicks, Montreal Shabs, Canooks, Icelanders, Debbies, Maple Thieves, etc…

      Just sayin’

  15. penguins87and71 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Why would the Penguins want this guy? I know that they probably think that Brouder could help them in the Playoffs like Vokoun did. I just think that the Penguins should be focusing on getting help up front with their forwards. The Penguins don’t have that much cap space, and they need to spend wisely.

  16. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Yeah whatever, enjoying missing the playoffs again for the third straight year. And get used to it, your roster is utter garbage and you have noooo prospects. Larsons a bust and nobody signs in NJ unless is a Clowe (lol)contract. Losers like you, sparky. Lolololol

  17. nj666 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    rangers fans sure are adorable…

  18. ragsrus - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    And Devils fans are garbage, like their franchise. You’re the new Isles. And lose you will do for a loooong time.

    • malkamania71 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      “And lose you wild do..”

      Ok Yoda, you’ve over-stayed your welcome

  19. jpat2424 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Why the hell would the hawks want him.

  20. joeman26 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    no way the B’s are in on him….BTW..the B’s lose a lot of toughness without JI & ST

  21. kane987245 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I just want him to have one more good season and get 700 wins. If he does that I will be happy. I speak as a DEVS fan and in my mind Marty just wants one last good ride before heading into the HOF. He deserves to go out on his own terms. I’ll be one of the DEVS fans not calling him a traitor and hoping he ends his career on a high note.

  22. djshnooks - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    At least Hasek knew when to hang it up.

    This guy is going to tarnish his resume and embarrass himself if he keeps playing.

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