For the first time since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998, Devils goaltender Marin Brodeur is not expected to be among those selected to represent Canada.

That’s fine with Brodeur, who at age 41 believes it’s time for his country to look to the next generation and is looking forward to enjoying some rest and warm weather somewhere during the NHL’s 2 1/2-week Olympic break in February.

But that doesn’t mean Brodeur won’t be paying attention when Team Canada reveals its roster Tuesday, particularly when it comes to the three goaltenders selected.

"I definitely care," Brodeur said. "I told Marc-Andre [Fleury] good luck the other day. I think he deserves to have one of those spots."

Brodeur and Fleury, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, were teammates on the 2010 team that won gold for Canada in Vancouver. The Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, 34, ended up as the No. 1 goaltender on that squad that beat the U.S. in the gold medal game and Brodeur believes it should be Luongo’s job to lose when Team Canada opens Olympic competition Feb. 13 in Sochi, Russia.

"I think when you win the gold medal, you deserve the chance to defend it until someone takes you down," Brodeur said. "But, that’s just me."

That was the way it was with Brodeur, who backstopped Canada to its first Olympic gold in men’s ice hockey in 50 years in 2002 in Salt Lake City. He was Canada’s No. 1 again through the 2006 games in Torino, Italy and at the start of the 2010 games until Luongo, who had been waiting in the wings, replaced him after a preliminary round loss to the U.S.