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Brodeur encouraged by Devils' nucleus

Predicts better things in 2011-12

Friday, 01.7.2011 / 5:13 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur will start Sunday against Tampa Bay.
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As challenging as this season has been, Martin Brodeur sees it as a short-term setback.

He doesn’t expect the struggles to last beyond this year, which has been marked by adversity.

“When you have talent like Zach (Parise) and Travis (Zajac) and you have (Jacob) Josefson and you have (Mattias) Tedenby, you have some young guys, like (Andy) Greene’s coming along real well, and with Kovy (Ilya Kovalchuk) being here, you’re talking about a nucleus that can do a lot of good things,” Brodeur said.

Significant change came on Friday, when the Devils (10-28-2) announced that Jamie Langenbrunner had been traded to Dallas for a conditional draft pick. Langenbrunner, a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup championship, was in his ninth season with the Devils, and his fourth as captain.

It could be the first of several moves, though to Brodeur, that doesn’t automatically signal a rebuild. The 38-year-old still has his sights set on a fourth Cup, and believes the Devils have the talent on board to make that possible.

“Definitely there will be interchangeable parts to the organization, but I don’t feel that it’s going to be a makeover,” Brodeur said. “(Next year) is going to be the last year of my contract and who knows where I’m going to go, but I want a chance to win. I feel we’re going to have a great chance to win next year like I thought this year, too.”

Devils’ President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello felt strongly about even using the “R” word.

“First of all, I despise the word ‘rebuilding,’ because I don’t think that should be the case,” Lamoriello said during a conference call. “I think we’ve got to look at what the reasons are that we find ourselves in this position because in my opinion, it’s not talent. Maybe it’s the wrong talent, maybe it’s the wrong chemistry, and I have to take that responsibility. It has to start with me.”

Brodeur believes a fresh start could spark Langenbrunner to good things with the Stars, the team that drafted him in 1993. Dallas (24-13-4) entered Friday’s action with a five-point lead on San Jose for the lead in the Pacific Division.

“We have good hockey players on this team that are having tough years,” said Brodeur, who will start Sunday against Tampa Bay. “Sometimes just a move of scenery – and you’ll see it with Jamie – how well he’s going to perform in Dallas. You play as well as your team can play, and when you don’t play together, it’s hard individually to really have good seasons.”

Brodeur also applauded the deal on the Stars’ end.

"Dallas has made a great move and definitely, he will be surely missed for us," he said. "When you're in a situation like we are right now and we still have (42) games left. You create a hole like that, and we're going to have nothing coming back. We're just going to have to plug along and hope that the next (trade) is going to be a little later (in the season) so we can try to get back playing and having fun and win some games. I know making the playoffs becomes a tough thing to think about now, but winning once in a while would be fun, too.”

If more deals follow, don’t expect them to include Brodeur. Lamoriello got right to the point when asked Friday if he would consider dealing Brodeur.

“No,” Lamoriello replied. “Does that answer your question?"

Brodeur has said he has every hope of finishing his Hall of Fame career as a Devil.

“We’ve had a great relationship all throughout my career," Brodeur said, referring to Lamoriello. "At the end, it’s their decision. I’ve made it pretty clear that I don’t want to go anywhere and I want to stay in New Jersey.”

Notes
Johan Hedberg will start Saturday's 1 p.m. matinee in Philadelphia.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
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8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
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10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47