When you are the “winningest” goaltender in NHL history, you should be able to choose how you go out, and that’s just what Martin Brodeur is doing. Brodeur is reportedly looking to play one more season in the NHL. However, it will not be in New Jersey.
In a report on NHL.com, Brodeur has made it clear he will be available to sign with a team on July 1. He also went on to say the New Jersey Devils are not going to be his team next season. Brodeur was drafted 20th overall in 1990, and has 1,259 games with a record of 688-394-107-71 and 124 shutouts. At 42-years-old, it seems that Brodeur is looking to play, not sit, next season, and that could severely limit his options.
I can think of a few teams who may be willing to sign Brodeur, but starting may be the stumbling block. Teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, and even the San Jose Sharks are going to be in the market for a goaltender. The big question is are they willing to take a chance on a 42-year-old who is looking for one more year?
“I feel the year I had last season I can still play at a high level. I think I can help certain teams,” he told LeBrun. “I look at what happened in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] with certain goalies and certain teams; I wish I could have been there for them. [NHL]
Brodeur seems to understand he may no longer be a starting goaltender in the NHL, but he feels he stills has the ability to help when called on. If you want to sign Brodeur as a backup, you are going to need to have a very good chance at winning the Stanley Cup. I think Brodeur could still start in the NHL, and there will be a team or two that could offer him that chance, but at this point in his career, Brodeur calls the shots.