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Brodeur’s agent says he wouldn’t rule out signing a deal during the season

Jul 13, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

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With big-money contracts going to goalies on almost every NHL team and most backup spots covered as well, it’s easy to see why free agent netminders are struggling to find the right gig. Just imagine how challenging it must be for a the league’s all-time wins leader.

Almost two weeks after the free agent frenzy kicked off, Martin Brodeur finds himself without a contract for the 2014-15 season. His agent indicates that such a scenario isn’t causing any panic. In fact, it could be a very fluid situation that isn’t even resolved when next season kicks off, as the Bergen Record reports.

“On or around July 1, we explored a few possibilities for Marty that made somewhat sense. That didn’t come to fruition,” Pat Brisson said. “Marty has a lot to offer, but it will be the right fit and this may come later this summer or even early in the season. He is in no rush until the right fit appears.

“In the meantime he is getting ready the same way he has the past 20 seasons.”

As it stands, it’s tough to peg many/any contenders who would be able to give the 42-year-old the prominent sort of role he wants. Brodeur seems open-minded about a backup role, yet even then he’d aim for “20-30 games.” The lower-end of that window is fairly standard for No. 2 guys,* yet he might want more reps than many teams are comfortable with right now.

It’s pretty easy to see why an in-season trade would actually make more sense, though.

Injuries happen, and some franchises might prefer going with a big-name free agent addition instead of giving up assets in a trade. Pekka Rinne, Cam Ward and basically any goalie who put on a Minnesota Wild jersey last season provide evidence that one goalie’s bad luck could open the door for one last Brodeur run.

Sure, his numbers haven’t been impressive for some time, but it’s easy to imagine a GM being more comfortable going with a future Hall-of-Famer in net instead of calling up an AHL goalie or rolling the dice with another unsigned free agent.

Of course, there’s also the real possibility that Brodeur will run out of options and just retire. It’s difficult to say what might happen, but it could be an interesting situation to watch.

* – Sixty-one netminders played at least 20 games in 2013-14. Thirty-eight managed to appear in at least 30.

  1. rupp246 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Retire, you had a great run, and now it’s over.

  2. cliffatola - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    He will ultimately retire a Devil but this is just an embarrassment to himself at this point. He believes in himself which is great but his numbers and play last year show otherwise, hang them up and take your place in the Hall of Fame.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      It’s an embarrassment that he wants to keep playing in the NHL? How does that make any sense?

      • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        Evegeni Nobakov and Nikolai Khabibulin have been playing for years and Kabibulin is 1 year younger and Nabokov is 2 years younger than Brodeur…. They haven’t been a starting goalie in YEARS. Yes. i know Nobokov was starter for NYI but he shoudln’t of been. Why is that not an embarrassment? We all know Marty is not what he was 5,10,15 years ago…. but he can still get it done and make incredible saves. I cant see how this is an embarrassment to him? No one was ragging on Jeter in his last years of baseball. No one ragged on Micheal Jordan in his… so how is this different?

        You clearly haven’t had the pleasure of watching Marty’s career and him not being what he was years ago every couple of games he sure shows glimmers of it again. He would be the best back up goalie in the league right there with Elliott of the blues. Could he hang up the skates? Sure. Does he have something left in the tank… yeah. So why not? its not like hes looking to play for 10 more years. He wants to play one more year, see what happens.

  3. Wineshard - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Easy for us to say. He could get even a $1M gig somewhere for 20 games. Where else will he make that kind of money in the “real world”? Nothing embarrassing about that.

  4. billiam55 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    NYR fan here. Marty, you have always been one of my most hated; You’re one of the best goalies on my most hated team. But dam do I respect you. You had a great run bud, still are, but all things most come to an end. Retire and end your career as a devil. It seems like the right thing to do.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      It wouldn’t be right seeing him on another team but even if so and he goes else where for a year he’s a NJD for life. and he will be with in the organization with in a couple of years just as Roy and Sakic are in COL

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Why should he just retire? That’s always the most asinine statement anyone can make. Athletes grasp at any chance to continue to play and these guys who get paid to do it should just give up?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Well when you’re statistically the best goalie ever, with three Stanley Cups, and over two decades of good to elite hockey then yes, it is time to retire. The guy has achieved all anyone could dream of and made a fortune on top of it… being a journeyman struggling to hang on is below him, IMO. As a Flyers fan who grew up watching this guy dominate my team it kind of hurts to see him at this point. And I hate the Devils. But he should not play a game in another uniform. It would just look wrong to me. I don’t want to say it would tarnish his legacy (bc he’s too integral in the game’s history), however he just can’t compete at the highest level anymore. The past four seasons his save %’s have been .903, .907, .901, and .901… that’s below average. Even for a backup those aren’t great. It’s time to hang em up and take a front office or goalie coaching job somewhere.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        Ridiculous. The guy loves the game like anyone else who plays it.

      • zoojersey - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        I find it somewhat ironic that you state “he just can’t compete at the highest level anymore” then list his past four seasons save %’s. Did you miss the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals? Most would argue that is “the highest level” of competition. You must have been shocked a “below average” goalie led his team there.

        I do find stats useful in some arguments or debates, but usually those involve baseball.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Oh it’s ridiculous just bc he loves the game? Did Gretzky and Messier not love the game?? Even the best of the best have to hang em up sooner or later no matter how much he loves the game. If loving hockey is your criteria for an NHL career then I’d think a lot of us on here would be trying a lot harder for it. The idea that Brodeur should prolong his waning career simply bc he likes what he does is the ridiculous point. Gimme a break.

        As for zoojersey, so a six game sample trumps four years of average (at best) play. You’d think Devils fans would understand this more than others. If Brodeur could still do it don’t you think the organization that he carried on his back would atleast give him a cheap one year deal? Maybe they’re more concerned about Schneider’s development but still my point is that he’s been surpassed by guys like Chad Johnson and Jason Labarbera for spots in organizations… isn’t that a clue to what his standing is among teams? Brodeur is done being a positive contributor on the ice. If he still wants to make an impact then do it from someones front office.

  6. 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Marty deserves a chance for the 700 Club. A club that may always have one member.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Nothing wrong with the 600 Club, also a club that may always have one member.

    • blomfeld - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:36 AM

  7. guitarisgood4u - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    FFS the guy wants to keep playing hockey and he may still get signed at the age of 42. Nothing embarrassing about that.
    Who GAF about retiring a Devil?

    • guitarisgood4u - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      And sorry for the harsh language.

      • 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        WTF is FFS?

      • anthj99 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        For F’s Sake??

  8. flyboystransport - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    He’ll be signed by a team once training camp hits

  9. anthj99 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I’m sure people told Gordie Howe for at least 10 straight years, “just retire man, you’re embarrassing yourself.” Easy for you to say. If I had the opportunity to play hockey for a living you’d have to carry me out of the rink kicking and screaming for simply the love of the game, not to mention the crazy money you’d be leaving on the table. NHL players are 1 out of every 10 million + people. I’d be more disappointed if they just walked away when there’s still a chance they could play somewhere. If my “fan” couldn’t understand that, then they can take their legacy and shove it. For the real fans, his legacy will always be there.

    • stakex - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      That’s such an awful comparison. At 41 Gordie Howe scored 103 points, and at 42 years old he put up 71 in 76 games. Its clear that in his later years Howe was still one of the most productive players in the NHL. Hell, at 51 he managed to score 41 points with the Whalers. So of course no one suggested he retire. That’s not the case with Brodeur. His .901 S% was ranked 45th out of 51 among goalies with enough games to be ranked last year… and his numbers the last four seasons haven’t been much better.

      If he can find someone to give him a job next year, than great for him…. but just don’t be surprised when it doesn’t happen.

  10. stakex - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I don’t have an issue with Brodeur (or any player) trying to squeeze one more season out of their career. If he thinks he can play, and a team is willing to take the risk… more power to him. However as is often the case his desire to play has outlasted his bodies ability to play. He’s shown sharp decline, having failed to post a S% better than .908 in the last four seasons… and his .901% last year was ranked 45th out of 51 goalies with enough games to be ranked.

    As much as he wants to play in the NHL next year, and play for a contender…. his ability to play at the level a contender would expect, even from a backup, just isn’t there anymore. That’s why the Devils, which were very loyal to him over the years, politely ushered him out the door this summer. They could have brought him back strictly as a 20-25 game backup (a role he said he would accept), and Schneider would likely have been fine with that. Instead they decided to move on, which really tells you all you need to know.

    Unless he wants to take a victory lap with a non-contender, its likely we have seen Marty play his last game.

    • zoojersey - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      “I don’t have an issue with Brodeur (or any player) trying to squeeze one more season out of their career.”

      If you truly don’t, then list some positives, maybe begin with his leadership role or how he makes everyone on the ice play to a higher standard when he’s in net. Talk about his puck handling and ability to clear the zone.

      To focus on save percentage simply makes no sense. He led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012 with that .908%.

      Marty chose the UFA route, he by no means was “ushered out the door”. Your speculation on how things happened is comical.

  11. 19inarow - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    You deserve to do whatever you want, Marty; you’ve earned it.

    • guitarisgood4u - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      This just struck me as a prelude to something like, “use my body to keep you alive!”

      • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        that is an awesome analogy….

  12. 34defense2014 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    billiam55:: figures a Rag fan would say something like that!!! What’s wrong with making a quick Million or two?? No shame in that!! Worry about your team getting embarrassed on National TV and how your Queen couldn’t carry the team! The Queen always plays well enough just to lose when it counts the most!!! Rags and there fans always put there foot in there mouths!!!

    • zoojersey - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      I feel for Lundqvist. I know exactly how he felt after finding out he signed a seven-year contract with NY.

      “I Did What Last Night?!!!”

      Been there done that.

    • doknyc - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      34defense = 95003cups, and both are idiots… be warned…

      • jhnyr45 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        FACT

      • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        your on the wrong page DOKNYC….. shouldn’t you be sitting in a crevice some where in the earth still weeping for Lundqvist yet again?

    • moarjam - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      The guy offers a compliment to one of your players and you attack him and his team?

      You’re a bit of a tool.

      • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        i didn’t see his compliment… I just saw his attacks on my fellow devils fans. I apologize. Kinda….

      • 950003cups - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        There was no compliment. Rag fans just suck.

        Howzabout that KING? What did he do with his day with the cup?

        Losers!!! Get off this page. This is for real fans of hockey. Not a bunch of moarjams, and doknyc’s who only care about saying “we have more fans than you. Time for a circle jerk! Gather round fellows”.
        This page is about a REAL KING. One who’s been crowned three times.

      • mb30forlife - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Hey Marty went over to Lundqvists house for a drink…. NO CUPS!

  13. mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Iam done reading your posts on here… They just get dumber and dumber. For those who believe Marty can and should do as he pleases playing another season yes i agree! For those inbred bohemian bastards…. Leave the guy alone. There are goalies very close to his age that have been back up goalies for years. Nabokov and Khabibulin just to name two right now…. so why not go give them sh**? His numbers show he can get it done and if you watch the games he still makes those glimmering saves that remind you of past years. Hes not trying to play for 10 years at 8 million per…. he wants to play one more year as a back up goalie, see what happens.

    I think it would be weird watching him play on another team but he has to do what he has to do. NJ did what they had to do and its Schnieders time to shine for the Devils. Also. to all who forgot…. Marty had an amazing cup run just 2 years ago in 2012. So please don’t for get that. He isn’t what he was 5,10,15 yeas ago but he can still get it done and play 20-30 games as a back up goalie. He could even be a starter if need be. If a guy like Dubnyk can get another chance and moved around why can’t the NHL’s All Time Wins Leader play one more year?

  14. hauger88 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Mb30forlife you are going to side with him because you are a loyal fan. The other guys are different situations. They aren’t trying to go somewhere to play for a starting role. Marty wants to play. If he didn’t mind playing solely back up he would’ve stayed in NJ

    • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      You have it all wrong…. Marty is fine with playing a back up role. The thing in NJ is they are guaranteeing Schnider to play between 60 and 70 games. If Marty was there they would split the time again. Not because Marty is complaining but for 1…. hes been there for so long its hard watching him sit on the bench. 2. The team actually plays better and scores more goals when hes out there. Why??? I have no idea. Maybe because he is one of the last true devils on that squad. and 3. They guaranteed Schnieder to play upwards of 60 games and if Marty was there it surely would be a threat to that because we all know Marty is still a great goal tender. He isn’t your average “back up” goalie.

  15. mistercue62 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    What is this “I’d hate to see Brodeur in another uniform” crap all about? Unless you happen to be a long-standing, die-hard Devils fan & would hate to see him change teams after having watched Brodeur almost single-handedly carry your team for twenty years, then why should it bother you to see him earning a living in another jersey?

    In fact, this situation isn’t about a hockey sweater (which fans so often cheer for often with little regard for the player wearing it), this is about one thing & one thing only; the unimpeachable right for arguably the greatest goaltender in the history of the game to do whatever he ultimately chooses to do. If that means playing back-up for one more season, than so be it! If ANYONE has earned the right to “write his own ticket”, it’s Marty Brodeur; who the hell are any of you to say that he should retire?

    As a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan, I would enthusiastically welcome Brodeur with open arms as a back-up to Jonathan Bernier for as long as he wants to continue playing. Even at fifty per cent (and I strongly suspect that he’s in much better shape than that), he would represent a massive upgrade over the perennially incompetent, eminantly replaceable James Reimer (easily the worst and most often defended excuse for a goalie that I have had the displeasure of watching over the past few decades). To havr Brodeur in net for twenty + games in relief of the obscenely overworked & overused Jonathan Bernier would be a dream come true & would provide us with the additional wins that we need to easily qualify for the post season that the inept Reimer could not.

    Martin Brodeur in blue & white would be a wonderous & welcome sight to behold! What is this “I’d hate to see Brodeur in another uniform” crap all about? Unless you happen to be a long-standing, die-hard Devils fan & would hate to see him change teams after having watched Brodeur almost single-handedly carry your team for twenty years, then why should it bother you to see him earning a living in another jersey?

    In fact, this situation isn’t about a hockey sweater (which fans so often cheer for often with little regard for the player wearing it), this is about one thing & one thing only; the unimpeachable right for arguably the greatest goaltender in the history of the game to do whatever he ultimately chooses to do. If that means playing back-up for one more season, than so be it! If ANYONE has earned the right to “write his own ticket”, it’s Marty Brodeur; who the hell are any of you to say that he should retire?

    As a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan, I would enthusiastically welcome Brodeur with open arms as a back-up to Jonathan Bernier for as long as he wants to continue playing. Even at fifty per cent (and I strongly suspect that he’s in much better shape than that), he would represent a massive upgrade over the perennially incompetent, eminantly replaceable James Reimer (easily the worst and most often defended excuse for a goalie that I have had the displeasure of watching over the past few decades). To havr Brodeur in net for twenty + games in relief of the obscenely overworked & overused Jonathan Bernier would be a dream come true & would provide us with the additional wins that we need to easily qualify for the post season that the inept Reimer could not.

    Martin Brodeur in blue & white would be a wonderous & welcome sight to behold!

    • mb30forlife - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      i’ve been a Devils fan for nearly 25 years… so yes. It would be kinda strange seeing him in another uniform. Thats all i said. Would i watch him… OF COURSE!!! But it will be strange seeing him in like say a yellow and black uniform or an Orange and Blue uniform in stead of the natural RED AND BLACK!!!! I wouldn’t mind seeing him on another team for 1 season. It just would be weird. That is all. My guess is that he will be on either Pittsburgh or Toronto though. Where ever he may go i wish him the best of luck and I hope he does get to 700 wins. That would be only make his career that much more epic. And if he won a cup on another team. Hell yeah, Power to him. Its Marty man….. I will never be against him nor would any REAL Devils fan.

  16. wutangwild - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Please retire as a Devil, Marty. It’s nice to see a player start and finish his career with one team, with no interruptions in between. Something that is lacking in today’s world of sports where $$$ reigns supreme.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      There will still be a Statue of him in front of the Prudential center and his Jersey will definitely be in the rafters. Its not like they will be a sour puss over it like the whole Pittsburgh and Jagr mess. That is the real question…. Who will retired Jagr’s 68?

  17. bleedrangerblue - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    If that’s the case stay off the Rick Nash Ranger blog. I have one thing to say about 950003. You are a complete DICK. That’s fact. A DICK.

  18. bleedrangerblue - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Every Ranger blog has this DICKS opinion.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Just like every devils blog has those ranger trolls…. especially this year when they think their team actually did something progressive.

  19. djshnooks - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Way to go out on top, Marty! Lol. And people think he’s better than Hasek?

    Hilarious.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      He is better than Hasek…. 80 percent of hasek’s saves were luck. Yes he was good but he would just roll around and wish for the best and it worked for him. Atleast when Marty did it you can tell his brain knew where the puck was going. Like stacking the Pads and making the High glove save against Dallas in the SC finals and just 2 or 3 seasons ago against Philly or the infamous scorpion save! He knew that he dove out and was beat so what did he do??? He lifted the leg and caught it with his skate. No luck, Brain matter. Hasek…. all luck, snow angels. His most famous save was tripping (Gaborik?) at center ice. I think it was Gaborik. Not 100% on who it was.

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