NEW YORK (WFAN) – Martin Brodeur has all but guaranteed he’ll play next season. But on Friday, Devils fans were shocked to hear there’s a chance he might not suit up for New Jersey.
The legendary goalie is “very likely” to test the NHL’s open market as an unrestricted free agent, Darren Dreger of TSN reported via Twitter.
“Brodeur has had limited contract discussions with Devils,” Dreger tweeted. “Could still sign before Sunday, but leaning now toward open market.”
The 40-year-old lifetime Devils star, who had previously negotiated his own deal with general manager Lou Lamoriello, has hired agent Pat Brisson, according to multiple reports.
“Depending what will happen here before Sunday,” Brisson wrote in an email to the New York Daily News, “Marty might be testing the market on July 1st.”
Brodeur can become a free agent at noon Sunday if he doesn’t reach a deal with New Jersey.
The Devils’ uncertain financial situation has “prevented” Lamoriello from locking down Brodeur, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reported. But the general manager said just two weeks ago the team’s ownership situation shouldn’t be a hindrance.
“There’s a wall up between that end of the team and myself,” Lamoriello said after the team’s defeat in the Stanley Cup finals. “There is nothing that’s affected what I’m doing or has affected it. I’m sure what has to be taken care of will be taken care of in the very near future. In my opinion, things will get settled.”
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