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Martin Brodeur seems likely to return next season

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
Martin Brodeur greets Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the traditonal post-series handshake on Monday night in Los Angeles. (Getty)

Martin Brodeur
's season didn't have the ending he wanted, but it appears as if he's going to
once again be back on the ice when the 2012 season starts.

He hasn't officially confirmed it yet, but his postgame comments following the Devils loss on Monday night made it seem like there's a pretty good chance he will be back for at least one more season.

“This season and this playoff run answered a lot of questions – where my game is at – and I'm really happy to hopefully continue,” said Brodeur on Monday night via ESPN's Katie Strang.

This comes a little over a week after he hinted that he was leaning toward coming back whether the Devils won or lost the Stanley cup.

Brodeur was excellent throughout the postseason for the Devils and at times during the Stanley Cup Final seemed to play some of his best hockey, especially during the Devils win in Games 4 and 5 when he was probably the biggest reason the series didn't end then. His performance during the regular season saw a noticeable decline in his production from previous years, but he came up huge in the playoffs.

Technically, Brodeur will be eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1 but it's impossible to imagine him coming back to play for any team that isn't the Devils.

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