After 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, veteran goaltender, Marty Brodeur says he's ready for a change.
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There were rumors at the beginning of the season stating that the 2013-14 season would be the last season Brodeur would pull on the Devils sweater. Those rumors became true today as Brodeur told media reports that he was indeed ready to move on.
"I've come to the conclusion that I'm definitely going to be available July 1. I want to play one more season and I want to see what's out there. I've had a lot of good conversations with the Devil, but I'm not inclined at going back at this point. I don't completely put it out of the question (returning to New Jersey) but I don't want to mess up the cards for the Devils. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I go next, I'm always going to be a Devil."
It sounds like the 42 year old goalie wants to bring his veteran leadership to a new team. It should be noted that ever since Corey Schneider became the starting goaltender, the Devils have looked passed Brodeur; they are ready to move away from him. This past season, Brodeur played 39 games recording 19-14-6 record. He also posted a .901 save-percentage and 2.51 goals against average.
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Brodeur has led the Devils to 17 playoff appearances in his 21 season with the Devils. Not only was he a part of the 17 playoff appearances, he also brought the Cup to New Jersey, not once, but three times. Brodeur is also a four time Vezina Trophy winner, a Calder Trophy winner, and a five time Jennings Trophy winner. It's not like this guy doesn't know what he's doing. The question that arises now is, where will Marty go next? Its pretty clear that he doesn't really care where he will play, just as long as he gets to play. Some reports have even said that he is willing to take a pay cut in order to continue playing the game he loves. His veteran leadership and stellar goaltending ability will bring a lot to the table for his future team.