The NHL career of future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur isn’t quite over yet but his days in net for the New Jersey Devils might be. After getting shopped at the trade deadline back in March and seeing the writing on the wall every since Cory Schneider was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks, it appears that Brodeur’s legendary days with the Devils are over.
Legendary days really understates what Brodeur has meant to the Devils, as he’s one of the winningest goaltenders in the history of hockey but he’s never known a team other than the Devils his entire career.
According to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, that may be about to change.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m definitely going to be available July 1,” Brodeur told ESPN.com Friday. “I want to play one more season and I want to see what’s out there.”
Brodeur, who turned 42 last month, said he hasn’t completely shut the door on returning to the Devils but feels like it’s most likely he’s going to be elsewhere next season.
A return to the Devils still being in the cards seems to make this not seem as tragic or sad as it really is, but the fact of the matter is Brodeur could be joining legendary company should he leave the team he became an icon with to play somewhere else.
We see this in athletes all the time who can’t hang it up and would rather go out on their own terms than be told they’re unwanted anymore. It’s not that the Devils don’t want Brodeur but he’s not a young man anymore and while no one wants to see him go, he might be heading down a path where he slowly fades away rather than gallops off into the sunset at the end of his career.
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