The NHL offseason is here and we’re just days away from free agency opening for the league. When that happens, we can likely expect to see a slew of activity with top free agents like Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek and others but there will be one name we are all watching with a lot of interest.
Former New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur is going to be testing the open market this summer to see if he can find a better home to end his career at than with the only team he’s ever known in his career.
Among the teams who we may hear pursue Martin Brodeur are the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Among the interested teams in Brodeur: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh & Toronto. Brodeur wants to go to a contender.
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 28, 2014
Each of the teams mentioned make a lot of sense as the Blackhawks, Leafs, Bruins and Pens could all use help in net with Pittsburgh giving Brodeur perhaps the best chance to start. The Leafs seem like they may be a bit of a long shot but if it’s a starting job that Brodeur wants then Toronto all of a sudden starts to make a lot of sense.
As for the Blackhawks, they could use a veteran glove behind Cory Crawford and the mentoring possibility there could be endlessly fruitful for Chicago and for Crawford.
Either way, the Devils aren’t out of the running to bring Brodeur back next season but there will be considerable interest in him on the open market as age hasn’t taken away the shine of the best goalie of this generation.