Martin Brodeur, who will turn 41 on May 6, again stated Tuesday that he plans to honor the final year on his contract and return for a 20th NHL season. “I had a fun year,” said Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts. “I felt really good playing again. I’m just looking forward to playing a full season next year and see what’s that’s going to bring us. But I haven’t changed my mind. I still have that passion to play the game.” Things are less certain for the Devils’ other elder statesman, Patrik Elias, whose power-play goal 13:55 into first period opened the scoring. The 37-year-old left wing can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and admitted he “could be” playing in his final games as a Devil this week. Elias, the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (375), assists (553) and points (928), wants to stay with the team that selected him 51st overall in the 1994 draft, but knows that might be out of his control. There have been no contract talks so far. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, really,” Elias said. “Sometimes you’re hoping for something and it doesn’t happen. I understand all sides of it — the business side of it, the ownership issues, and what the team has to do — and if it works out great. If it doesn’t, life goes on. Unfortunately, it’s a part of hockey.” After spending his entire career with the Devils and winning Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003, Elias would love to stay in New Jersey. He believes this is where be belongs.
Martin Brodeur plans to return next season
Bergen Record | Apr 24