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Fanspeak: Martin Brodeur named greatest Devil in franchise history

Aug 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur Getty Images

This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

New Jersey Devils

1. Martin Brodeur (1864)

2. Scott Stevens (653)

3. Patrik Elias (347)

4. Scott Niedermayer (229)

5. Ken Daneyko (106)

Martin Brodeur’s days with the New Jersey Devils are done after two staggering decades of work, but it’s unlikely his name will be wiped away from franchise (or NHL) record books anytime soon. If ever.

Seriously, it’s difficult to imagine any active goalie coming within a breath of Brodeur’s astonishing numbers. Brodeur’s 688 wins tower over Patrick Roy’s 551 and Ed Belfour comes in third with 484 victories. Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist could make their way up historic rankings if health permits, but catching Brodeur seems unthinkable. With little surprise, Brodeur also holds the saves (28,776) and shutout (124) records by healthy margins.

Really, though, it’s not just about the records; it’s plausible that he represents the end of the true “workhorse” goalie in the NHL. Brodeur played 70+ games a ridiculous 12 times in his NHL career; no one managed that many reps since Pekka Rinne, Jonas Hiller and Miikka Kirpusoff crossed the 70-game barrier back in 2011-12. Considering the regular upheaval in the goaltending position, being relevant for two decades is quite remarkable.

(Naturally, he was more than “just there” with four Vezina nods, too.)

With all due respect to truly fantastic players like Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer along with shrewd, long-time GM Lou Lamoriello, Brodeur is the person most people think of when they hear “New Jersey Devils.”

  1. 34defense2014 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    95, where are ya? lol I read and opened the comments to to read yours lol

  2. downwithbettman - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Was there really any debate?

  3. 950003cups - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    34defense. I’m here. Labor Day weekend. Not online much. But…. Brodeur is, by every stretch, the greatest Devil and maybe the greatest goalie to ever play in the NHL. There are cases for Hasek and Roy. But he’s always in the conversation too.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Cups is a tool. What a tool.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    2 identities talking to himself.

    • 950003cups - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      When a rag like bluerangerballs thinks two devils fans are the same guy, it shows their ignorance not only to hockey (which is about 98% of rag fans) but ignorance to like itself.

  6. 19to77 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I’m a bit conflicted about Stevens placing higher than Niedermayer. I guess it’s kind of a “Who did more as a Devil?” thing, though. Niedermayer was the better of the two, and had a greater career overall, but Scott Stevens was captain for all of the Cup wins and arguably the face of the franchise alongside Brodeur in the championship days.

    • rssaspe26 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      No he wasn’t. Neidermayer was better offensively (especially if you only look at the latter half of Stevens career), but overall Stevens was the better player.

  7. stcrowe - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Randy Velischek got robbed, man.

    Seriously, I hope that guys like Kirk Muller and John MacLean made it into the top 10.

  8. blomfeld - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    WHY IS THIS MAN ‘CONSTANTLY’ SALUTING SOME HIGHER AUTHORITY ?

    Notwithstanding people like 95,000 Cups and such as, the bottom line is that Brodeur is an ‘aged’ fossil who’s now been ‘completely’ usurped by the solar system’s ‘5th best’ goaltender … you just gotta love it man ! Anyway, the sooner this fool exits the scene there in Jersey, the better for all … even 95,000 Cups ! :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    28) Henrik Lundqvist
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

    GO DEVILS !!!

    GO SCHNEIDER !!!

    GO LUCIFER AND HIS LIEUTENANTS !!!

  9. charastein - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Another ancient video… Le sigh…

  10. courtjester1234 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    as a flyers fan I give the utmost respect to Marty. I know everyone hates us flyer backers but I try to be the one who is gracious enough to man up and say when an opponent was one of the best to play against my team. I still have nightmares of Claude Lemieux scoring on Hexy from THE BLUE LINE. just writing that brings me back to that mothers day massacre. so although I like to troll occasionally I have no problem raising the hand in victory of an honorable opponent. whens training camp start?

  11. blugold94 - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Along with the incredible stats one thing that always stands out about Brodeur is just how much he loves playing the game. So often fans talk about how they don’t think players care or appreciate playing the game…..that Brodeur still has that fire to want to be in net after all these years when so many think he should retire now or have already retired shows just how much is still loves the game. Don’t get that from many all-time greats.

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    To anyone who followed these polls, did anyone see the results from the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers? If they posted that one, I missed it and would like to see it.

  13. clpalermo94 - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Should be scott stevens. Without stevens the devils would have never won a cup.

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