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Brodeur’s potential final game with Devils is a shootout loss to Islanders

Apr 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur may have played his final game with the New Jersey Devils. If that’s the case, what a career it’s been for the 41-year-old goaltender who is surely on his way to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But, if this is the case, there wasn’t that one final victory in the script. The Devils lost 3-2 in a shootout to the New York Islanders on Friday. The Islanders scored on all three of their attempts in the skills competition.

The highlight clip below is a little vintage Brodeur, as he flashed the leather on Colin McDonald with the score tied 2-2 in the third period.

Brodeur, with 687 career regular season wins, all with the Devils, is in the final year of a two-year contract with New Jersey. However, the acquisition of Cory Schneider from Vancouver last June has altered the goaltending dynamics with the Devils.

Schneider emerged as a starter in Vancouver before last year’s trade, and at the age of 28, has proven more than capable to resume that role, even with Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and arguably the best goalie to ever play the game, still trying to cling to the No. 1 spot.

But sitting on the bench while Schneider emerged as the starter didn’t jive with Brodeur. And now he’ll have a decision to make about his future. It seems he still believes he can play.

“The situation I’m going to get myself in is something I’m going to be okay with. So if you see me here next year, it’s because I’m okay to be sharing the net or doing whatever I’m told,” Brodeur said, as per The Star-Ledger on Thursday.

“But I’m not going to go through what I’ve done, thinking you’re still No. 1 and the next thing you know (you’re sitting).”

Meanwhile, the Devils’ ineptitude in the shootout continues. They’ve lost 13 times in a row this season in the skills competition.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I shoot I score sorry Marty Brodeur.

  2. maalea - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    And if you’re Josh Bailey, Marty pulls a punk a$$ move by hitting him with the puck after the goal.

    Marty should be fined big time, if he did that during play it would have been unsportsman like penalty but since it’s saint marty nothing will come of it.

    • 950003cups - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:25 AM

      Dude. You need to open your mouth very wide. Pull out your tongue, and lick our big fat smelly New Jersey hairy ball sacks, one at a time. Make sure to clean in between the legs. Then you can go back to your bottom feeder Islanders who haven’t sniffed a playoff spot in a FULL season since Alexi Yashin in 2007.

      • maalea - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        Hey douchebag, I’m not an Islander fan so go back to huffing your mother’s aids infected twat.

        A punk move is a punk move, it doesn’t matter if your ticket is punched for the HOF or not.

  3. barkar942 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Marty, Please just retire now as a Devil. The party’s over. It’s time to call it a day.
    Don’t keep trying to hang on to what was and blemish a terrific career.
    Also- both “Spin-O-Rama” shootout goals moved back towards center ice-that means the puck was no longer moving towards the goal. NHL-if you are going to continue with the shootout, please eliminate the “Spin-O-Rama.

    • sheckyrimshot - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      NHL if you are going to continue, please eliminate the shootout.

  4. jr507 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Class act if class means complete DB. Loved watching 3-3 on the shootout. Too bad for Marty that Stevens, Neidermayer, and Daneyko can protect his crease during the shootout.

    Later guy. Roy was better but don’t let it bother you when you’re bedding down with Melanie’s sis some more.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Roy was not better.

  5. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I have never awaited the retirement of a player so eagerly as I have with Brodeur.

  6. govtminion - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Hey Marty, you reading this? Of course you are, you probably read PHT articles’ comments all the time, right? Great. Listen up. I’m not going to tell you not to retire, or that you should. That’s your decision. But… just a suggestion?

    Go look up Mike Modano, and that final year in Detroit playing for another team. How awkward it was for everyone involved- the fans of the Wings and Stars, for him, etc.- how badly it went for him, hanging on a year longer than he ever should have…

    I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’. Don’t do that to yourself. Please?

    • 950003cups - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:35 AM

      Bobby Orr? Gordie Howe? Patrick Roy? Ed Giacomin? Ed Belfour? Wayne Gretzky? Mark Messier? Ray Bourque? ETC….. All went to other teams before retiring.

      Marty Brodeur is welcomed to join any team that will accept him. He’s earned that right as all the above mentioned names.

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    I wish he would have retired last year when he had 666 career wins… but it would have been too perfect.

    I hope he retires as a career Devil, but if not, I wouldn’t mind if he came to Toronto and mentored Bernier for a year or two. It’s win win for Brodeur. If he plays great he’ll be a hero, if he plays bad, he can just blame it on the Leafs curse.

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    WTF do you guys know about what Martin should do?

  9. stratomaticfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    How can they not let him play what might be his last game as a Devil at home tomorrow? #Really?

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM


    gordie howe retired from the red wings in 1971 …

    he went to another team after being given a titular role as a vice-president on the red wings … this before mike ilitch came to rebuild the franchise with notions of respect and regard for players

    an unhappy gordie joined the houston aeros of the newly founded world hockey association in 1973 … joining a group of nhl stars following massive contracts and signing bonuses in the wha

    as i recall gordie’s family were given jobs as well … colleen was paid $300,000 annually while serving in in the team’s head office –she immediately passed in earning most players in the nhl

    formed in 1971, the wha changed hockey forever because it dropped the nhl’s reserve clause applied to every player’s contract –as a player’s contract expired it automatically renewed for one year, binding players to teams in-perpetuity if the team wanted to keep them

    the wha recognized the nhl’s reserve clause was illegal, and would likely fail if tested in the courts

    giving players an opportunity to play for big money in another league, and dropping the reserve clause changed professional hockey forever

    teams that had robbed players from the nhl’s inception had to pay on par to compete, and had to drop the reserve clause … players were empowered as they had never been before

    the khl will serve the same function sooner than later … i believe another lockout or strike in the nhl will either precipitate a massive shift by players to europe

    or cause players to create another league to take the nhl head-on once again

  11. meyeshua - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I don’t understand Yahoo reporting. A couple months ago I read articles that Martin had been traded.

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