Martin Brodeur A Maple Leaf? Keep Dreaming…

June 29th, 2012 3 Comments

Several sources are reporting that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has hired agent Pat Brisson to represent him.

Coming off a six-year, $31.2 million contract ($5.2 million cap hit), Brodeur will be an unrestricted free agent July 1st. With New Jersey’s ownership in question and the future of Zach Parise still sketchy, Brodeur looks to be leaving the door open for him to test free agency.

Brodeur has spent his entire career with the Devils, posting a 656-371-105-36 record over his 19-year career. It is hard to imagine Marty in another uniform, so I expect the Devils to make a solid offer on Sunday.

If New Jersey was to lose Brodeur to free agency it would completely shake the foundation and identity of the franchise. Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg is also a UFA this summer and with little in the way of goaltending prospects that can step in to off-set the potential loss of Brodeur the Devils would be hard-pressed to replace the sure fire Hall of Famer.

One has to think that if Brodeur were to leave New Jersey teammate and fellow UFA Zach Parise would have second thoughts about signing with the Devils. If the Devils were to lose both players it would be devastating.

Regardless of the outcome of Brodeur and Parise, the Devils will likely see a huge turnover in the next two seasons anyways. As it stands right now, New Jersey has just seven players signed for the 2013-14 season.

Of course, as soon as the news went out that Brodeur MIGHT test free agency fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs went nuts with “bring Marty to Toronto” posts on numerous message boards.

While it would be great to have Marty between the pipes in Toronto one has to think he will have a number of more attractive offers on the table.

Toronto fans are loyal to a fault and the franchise is considered to be one of the wealtiest in all of hockey, but the franchise is weak in the results department. With Brodeur already 40 years of age, one would think if he does chose to sign elsewhere it will be with a contender and barring some kind of major miracle, the Maple Leafs do not appear to be a Stanley Cup contender just yet.

Of course, the addition of Brodeur sure would help Toronto’s chances, but who are we kidding here?

One things for sure, coming off a season in which Brodeur led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals, Brodeur looks to still be a legitimate NHL starter. Sure, Brodeur is no longer that 70-plus game workhorse he once was, but he can still play 50-60 games and be effective.

Brodeur to Toronto? Sorry Leaf fans, I wouldn’t hold your breath!

Until next time,

Peace!

3 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    Agreed – not going to happen. Marty wants another Cup. I see Chicago and San Jose and possibly the Caps being in on him. What better mentor to Holtby than Brodeur? They can then move Neuvirth for some more defensive help.

  2. MarkRitter says:

    Chicago…or wherever Parise signs!

  3. Dave says:

    Good point!

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