NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Martin Brodeur intends on playing next season — and it sounds like he’s resigned to the fact that it likely won’t be for the only team he’s ever known.
The NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, the 42-year-old goaltender is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. And though he has spent his entire two-plus decade career in New Jersey, it appears he’s a long shot to be a member of the Devils when the 2014-15 season starts.
“It’s going to be probably my last year,” Brodeur told The Record on Friday. “You never know what kind of energy I’m going to get from my decision, but I’m not looking for anything more than one year that’s for sure.”
The idea of free agency seems to appeal to Brodeur, who was the driving force behind three Stanley Cup championship teams, especially since the Devils have their goalie of today and tomorrow.
“I’m going to give myself the opportunity to look at what’s out there and see if there’s something that’s interesting to me,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to be in New Jersey, but I’m going to look everywhere, like I did two years ago. But now, the circumstances are a lot different with having (Cory Schneider) here, so we’ll see.”
Brodeur played in 39 games last season, posting a 2.51 goals-against average and substandard .901 save percentage. It’s almost certain he’d see less time behind Schneider next season.
By making it known that he’s only looking for a one-year deal, Brodeur could open up his market a bit. Though there are several big name goalies that will be available in free agency, the number of teams that need a legit starter seems to be far less this offseason than in years past. It would make sense for Brodeur to target a team interested in a goalie tandem as opposed to traditional starter and backup.
The veteran netminder has appeared in 1,259 NHL games over his career and has a career save percentage of .912, but he’s clearly been on the decline over the last several years, not posting anything higher than a .908 save percentage since 2009-10.
Brodeur also told The Record he hopes to return to the Devils in some capacity after his playing days are over.
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