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Brodeur says he would absolutely consider offer from Habs

Sep 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur is still without a team to play for next season and with training camp coming soon, things could get anxious for the 42-year-old.

While it might seem like most teams have their situations in goal figured out, Brodeur was asked by QMI Agency whether he’d consider going to play for his hometown Montreal Canadiens. His answer shouldn’t be too big of a surprise.

“If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me,” Brodeur said.

If you’re wondering if this means he’d be itching to take Carey Price‘s job away, it’s not. Brodeur said the Habs are Price’s team and he’d be OK with playing 20-25 games if it meant playing for a Stanley Cup winner.

Of course, Brodeur said he still wants to be a starting goalie but finding a team where he could sneak in and take the job might be difficult.

The question with picking Montreal, however, comes with how both Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski would handle that sort of situation. After how Tokarski played in limited NHL duty last season, there’s thought he could push Budaj out of the backup role. Throwing Brodeur into the mix would make that a bit more tricky.

  1. cjnbsc - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I just can’t see it. I’d love to see Marty in a Habs jersey for a bit, someone would need to take budaj and he’d need to play for $1m

    • imleftcoast - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Le Fatso.

      • c9castine - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Le best mother f’in goalie ever.

      • imleftcoast - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        He wouldn’t be the best goalie on the team, and maybe as high as eighth best in Canadiens history.

  2. pfpmb - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I would love to see Marty Brodeur in Winnipeg for 1 year at about $3 million to either push Pavelec to be better or just out the door. This buys the Jets a year to see who rises to the top from the group of Michael Hutchinson, Conner Hellebuyck or Eric Comrie. I honestly think the Jets go after someone like Broduer or Bryzgalov if Hutchinson stumbles as the #2 goalie. Hutchinson’s two year contract is set up with the first year being a two way contract and the second is a one way. Just my two cents.

    • pjblake2redwings - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Love this idea but hate to see Marty in another jersey than the Devils but this would make the most sense to push Pavelec out. Bring in Marty or Bryz

    • 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM


      That’s a great fit.I like that idea.

  3. gbart22 - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    He’ll end up somewhere after someone somewhere ends up with an injury which is bound to happen.

    • 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Most probably the truth. It’s a better option for him. If he wants his 700th win, he’ll need to get signed early. That’s the biggest thing. Maybe the Caps would throw him a flyer? That too would make sense. They don’t have a real back up anyway.

  4. 19to77 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    He can consider it as much as he likes, it’s still not going to happen. The Habs are likely stuck with Budaj’s final year, and either way they have Tokarski. If they somehow dealt Budaj and decided Tokarski should spend another year in the AHL, sure, but they’re not going to do either of those things.

  5. avscup - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Colorado needs a backup. Not sold on Berra!

  6. claysbar - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Probably the best goalie in history…STOP!!! Quit giving yourself an asterisk.

    • 19to77 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Not really. For much of his career he’s had elite defensive teams in front of him, and his career numbers are still well short of Hasek’s. Aside from that, Plante and Sawchuk were wizards in an era where goaltending was far more difficult, and Roy’s got three Conn Smythes to Brodeur’s… well, zero. The Devils won three Cups and he wasn’t considered the biggest individual contributor to any of them. He’s the goalie with the most wins, not the best goalie. I’d put him third behind Hasek and Roy, the former because of six Vezinas in a damn row (seriously, no-one will ever dominate like the Dominator) and the latter on account of how insanely clutch he was in the biggest games.

      • flyboystransport - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Except everyone forgets hasek did that intentional stick dropping thing that made it easier to go side to side so even though I’m a flyers fan I think Marty was better

      • 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Marty was also a major part of his defense. If yo uunderstand his talents, then you know Brodeur was the 3rd defenseman. Hence the trapezoid rule. Plante and Sawchuk were on the better teams, and only faced 5 other teams for most of their careers. Of which they both played on at least 2 of them. Also, with Plante, he had the best defense as well. THe Habs invented the “trap” in Plante’s day.

        As far as Hasek’s arguments. I could also make the argument that in the O6 era, the most talented goalie was actually Johnny Bower. If you’ve seen him play, you would think Hasek was his illegitimate son. It’s not about the flashiest goalie. It’s about the most talented goalie.

        Now Roy…….. There’s where you have a legitimate argument. He was the best of the pioneers of the butterfly goalies. Roy was an incredible goalie.

        The only argument is between Roy and Brodeur. Roy has the edge. But both played on defensive teams. Hasek wasn’t blessed with that. But that doesn’t make him better just because of that. That’s like saying some kid in the AHL was the best goalie to ever play, but he got wrapped up in drugs and a bad childhood. HE’S THE BEST!

      • bsaures - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Once again ken dryden gets no love

  7. mizzike20 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    That sub .900 save percentage would drop to under .800 if he went to Winnipeg. And this is coming from a die hard Devils fan.
    If he’s willing to play 20-25 games now why wouldn’t he have mentioned this before NJ signed Clemmenson? I’d keep him one more year if I knew going in he wouldn’t see more games then that. And despite how they finished last season, I don’t see Montreal being among the final four teams again. Time to retire with some dignity, Marty.

    • stakex - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      I’m sure Brodeur did mention he would be willing to settle into more of a backup role with the Devils. The problem is Schneider probably wouldn’t have been too happy about it, and perhaps more importantly…. the Devils organization knows better than anyone that the days of Brodeur being a viable NHL goalie are over. They did right by him when they gave him an extra year, despite his numbers taking a noes dive in 2013, to do a victory lap. His time is now up…. and the only one that doesn’t seem to know it is Marty.

  8. justanotherphillyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    What’s Next ?

    ALFIE who says to the media he wants to play on the 4th line of Ottawa next year?

  9. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    WHY NOT ?

    If Bobby Orr can end his career in a bloody Blackhawks jersey, then why can’t this ‘likeable’ Frenchman come full circle and finish his career among his own bloodlines ?

  10. bmy0913 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Wishful thinking at best. I still think there are plenty of teams he could walk into right now and start day 1. But Price aside, Tokarski stood on his head in the ECF and gave Montreal every chance to take that series. Maybe he’s not quite the guy for a full season with a contender just yet, but with youth on his side I doubt highly Marty is squeezing into that conversation.

    Seems like although he thinks he’s earned the right to decide where, and he has, he’s going to need to open up his options and really accept where his career is if he wants to extend it. Kind of sad to see it happen this way. He may have had a more graceful exit if he had called it a day last season.

  11. vancouversportsbro - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    It’s a shame he won’t retire as a Devils. Well maybe he will sign some one day contract to but I’m not sure if he’s burned bridges and bitter over Schneider being the man in charge.

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