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Martin Brodeur 'still looking for the right fit': report

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 11:17 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014
NHL.com

Goaltender Martin Brodeur remains one of the most prominent names on the NHL free-agent market. He said Thursday it could stay that way for a while.

"I'm still looking for the right fit, and the right fit might not come this summer, it might come later on in the fall," Brodeur told Yahoo Sports. "I'm pretty open-minded. Regardless of what happens, if I play or don't play, I'm ready for anything. I'm looking forward to a new challenge, regardless if it's outside of hockey or still in hockey with a different organization."

There are few apparent openings for a No. 1 goalie as Brodeur looks to move on from the New Jersey Devils, and many Stanley Cup threats seemingly have their backup in place.

"If I'm going to not play with a contender, then definitely I'd like to play a lot," the 42-year-old said. "I'm really open-minded about the situation I'm looking for, but it's pretty specific, and me and my agent (Pat Brisson) are kind of looking at different options."

Brodeur was speaking from the 2014 American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev. He isn't ready to start his post-playing career yet, but when he does, he'd like it to be off-ice with the Devils.

"It's more in the office kind of job," Brodeur said. "I've been doing this, the day-to-day operation as far as playing the game, for a long time, and I don't know if I want to get back in coaching. Everybody knows that coaching is probably harder than player [because it's] time-consuming.

"It will be something a little different than coaching; but again, I don't close any doors on anything that [general manager Lou Lamoriello] would approach me [with] in the future."

Brodeur earlier this offseason said he expected the 2014-15 season would be his last. He was 19-14-6 last season with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. His 688 regular-season victories and 124 shutouts are NHL records.

Three of his sons -- Anthony Brodeur, Jeremy Brodeur and William Brodeur -- are participating in Devils development camp this month.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=726633

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he should leave the game so he can be remembered for being the best, rather than being remembered by his last few mediocre years

Nobody really remembers Orr in Chicago or Lafleur in Quebec though.

If fatboy Marty wants to play, let him.

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Only chance Brodeur has right now is becoming a backup on a team that has a goalie that might get injured so he can 'step in'... I don't see him as a starter anymore. Sorry Marty, you were one of the greatest of all time for your position, but time catches up with everyone!

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Another guy who is hanging on too long and wants to play until the wheels fall off. He is delusional if he thinks he is anything more than a backup on any team in the NHL.

Maybe he should head to the KHL or Swiss League and play with Geneva-Serviette or something if he wants to keep playing.

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Another guy who is hanging on too long and wants to play until the wheels fall off. He is delusional if he thinks he is anything more than a backup on any team in the NHL.

Maybe he should head to the KHL or Swiss League and play with Geneva-Serviette or something if he wants to keep playing.

Who are we to tell him to " hang'em up " ? I mean one of the better net minders in NHL history for sure, I think as with any player who has unrestricted free agent status he has earned the right to find " the right fit " for his career moving forward.

Whether that means he plays as a back up on a contending team or finds a spot as a number one elsewhere, or only plays the last half of the season, either scenario wouldn't surprise me. He is too talented even at his age to not find a role on a team if he really wants to continue in the NHL.

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