While the Devils have moved on from the Martin Brodeur era this summer, the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer remains intent on playing in the NHL in 2014-15 as he patiently waits to find a team that is the right fit for him. In fact, Brodeur’s agent said Sunday that he’s willing to wait until after the season starts, if necessary, after some initial discussions with teams when he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1 did not pan out. “On or around July 1, we explored a few possibilities for Marty that made somewhat sense. That didn’t come to fruition,” Brodeur’s agent Pat Brisson said via email. “Marty has a lot to offer, but it will be the right fit and this may come later this summer or even early in the season. He is in no rush until the right fit appears. “In the meantime he is getting ready the same way he has the past 20 seasons.” After 20 seasons with the Devils, Brodeur decided it would be best for him and the organization if he did not return next season so the team could move forward fully committed to Cory Schneider as their No. 1 goaltender. Admitting it would almost definitely be his final season, Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, stressed from the beginning that it might take some time before he signed with another team. Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan confirmed on June 28 that the team had expressed interest in signing Brodeur as a backup to Jonathan Bernier, but conceded, “When you get to a point in Marty’s career it’s really about fit.” Brodeur also reportedly spoke with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh about their backup jobs before those teams went in different directions. In the meantime, the Devils have set themselves up in net for the next eight years after locking up Schneider, 28, with a seven-year, $42 million contract extension on Wednesday. They also brought back veteran Scott Clemmensen on July 1 to compete with rookie Keith Kinkaid for the backup job in training camp.
Martin Brodeur willing to wait until after season begins, if necessary, to find "right fit"
North Jersey | Jul 14