Future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur is still dealing with the shock of Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to retire from the NHL and bolt for Russia. The news surprised the entire hockey world, but the New Jersey Devils need to look towards the future and focus on how they can improve during life without Kovalchuk.
Unfortunately, it seems like the veteran netminder isn’t too optimistic about the team’s chances to play at a high level without one of their stars.
“I think it’s going to be a wait and see. It’s going to be a challenge to make the playoffs,” Brodeur told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “Without Kovy, not having the 30 goals that Clarkie (David Clarkson) scored and the departure of Zach (Zach Parise), now it becomes tougher for us. Especially with Detroit coming in and Columbus just fell short last year.”
It will certainly be a tough test for the Devils.
Things won’t be easy in New Jersey this season, but these are the moments that help to strengthen your team moving forward. It will be interesting to see how this Devils squad deals with the adversity.