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Brodeur, 40, could play beyond upcoming season

Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:56 am

By Brian Stubits

Martin Brodeur has already achieved enough for two careers. His name is plastered all over the goaltending record books and soon he'll be adding another one to the list ... most career losses. Hey, that comes with the territory of such a long career.

The four-time Vezina Trophy winner is now 40 and doesn't have a contract beyond the upcoming season. With him posting the lowest save percentage of his career since he was 22 years old and the aforementioned numbers, it would be a reasonable assumption to think this would likely be Brodeur's last season.

Maybe not.

Brodeur said that he might still be interested in playing next year, or even two years from now taking into account the possibility of a strike.

From the Star-Ledger:

"I'll listen to everything, but it's what I'm going to be at peace with. I could be the one asking," Brodeur said. "Who knows? We'll see how the season is going to go, how I'm going to feel and how everything plays out. When you get to my age there are a lot of different things to take into consideration. It's not just playing hockey to play hockey. It's a way of life. You want to be happy to play hockey and your family has to be OK with it."

Remember, the Devils are coming off an awful season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1995-96. So do the Devils need a good season to entice Brodeur to come back?

"Not playing-wise. That doesn't change anything for me," he said. "It's not about what kind of team we have. It's about how I feel about playing the game. That will make me make my decision one way or the other."

Hey, if Dwayne Roloson can get another contract at age 41, no reason Brodeur can't play a couple more seasons.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:55 pm
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Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:14 pm

Brodeur, 40, could play beyond upcoming season

brodeur was washed up 5 years ago he has one of the worse save percentage in playoff during the last five years over rated during his prime as his team defense carried him any goalie could have won with those teams in fact would probably have won more cups

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:45 am

Brodeur, 40, could play beyond upcoming season

wasnt roys injuries largely connected to the butterfly style that got him so many wins? i dont think thats a fair comment to make, especially since marty broke the all time wins record before the games played record by alot.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:16 pm

Brodeur, 40, could play beyond upcoming season

As long as he still feels OK and his level of play is high, why not? Nobody wants to stay around too long and tarnish their reputation, or play through lingering injury issues, but Brodeur seems to be OK. I think Roy quit because his hips were causing him some pain, if not for that he could still be ahead of Marty in wins. As long as he is helping his team, likes what he is doing and doesn't risk injury, I say play on.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:36 pm

Brodeur, 40, could play beyond upcoming season

I believe they need a good season for him to come back.Last year the defense wasn't the typical Devil's defense and Brodeur's stats suffered for that.
IMO Brodeur doesn't have anything else to prove and if he knows that the team in front of him is going to be mediocre at best why go through another season like that.But if the team competes this season than I think he will be back.

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