Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google

NEWS

Brodeur will let Devils know by July 1 about future

Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 1:51 PM / News
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Brodeur will let Devils know by July 1 about future



NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur will give a firm answer about his future to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello by July 1, the date that the free-agent market opens for business.

"Regardless of what is going to happen, whether it's me being here, or me not playing, or me doing anything else, July 1 is the date because that's when people start shopping," said Brodeur, 40, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Brodeur, though, can think of only three things that can keep him from returning to the Devils next season.

"If I play like three rounds (of golf) at 72, I might not come back," he joked Wednesday during Devils' breakup day at Prudential Center. "Don't worry about that."

OK, so maybe the decision won't come down to his golf game. It will come down to confidence in his ability and the knowledge that he can still compete and play at a high level.

Brodeur, who holds numerous NHL records, including most wins (656) and shutouts (119), proved all of that to be true during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, so he's fairly certain he will be back to take another crack at winning his fourth championship.

He said as much minutes after losing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, and he reiterated that Wednesday.

"You know what, the decision will be pretty easy for me to make, I just want to take my time doing it," Brodeur said. "There's a really good chance that I'll be back, but I want to make sure I spend time with my kids, my family, my wife, my dad, and answer all the questions I need to because it's a big decision to be made."

Brodeur doesn't plan on making it to the free-agent market, but odds are teams wouldn't mind shopping for him considering his performance in the playoffs.

Brodeur turned back the clock and had his most successful playoff run since 2003, when he won the Stanley Cup for the third time in his career. He went 14-9 with a 2.12 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.

"It shouldn't be surprising," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "You know, unfortunately the bar is so high with him and the expectations are so high that if he's merely mortal he's not getting the job done. But it shouldn't come as a surprise knowing this guy's pedigree, what he's done and how he's going to go down in history."

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 28 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 34 5 15 -11 20
M. Zidlicky 35 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 33 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 28 4 6 2 10
A. Greene 35 0 9 -3 9
T. Zajac 27 4 4 -6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 3 .915 2.57