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Martin Brodeur to test free agent market

  • Arun Morace

The greatest goaltender in New Jersey Devils history…may not be a Devil next season. Martin Brodeur, after 21 seasons with New Jersey, will dip into the free agent pool this July. The Devils made a bold move during last year’s draft, dealing the No. 9 pick to the Vancouver Canucks for netminder Cory Schneider, a trade that signaled New Jersey was getting ready for life without #30.

Brodeur, at 42 years of age,  holds every meaningful goaltending record in Devils history, and is the NHL’s all-time regular season leader in wins (688), games played (1,259), shutouts (124) and saves (28,776), with a career save percentage of .912 and goals-against average of 2.24. He also holds numerous postseason records, including most shutouts (24). During his time with New Jersey, he won three Stanley Cup (’95, ’00 and ’03), the Calder Trophy in 1994 as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, and four Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s top netminder (’03, ’04, ’07, ’08). He also won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada (’02, ’10).

And now, one of the NHL’s living legends, for the first time in his career, will be playing somewhere besides New Jersey. There’s a minute chance he re-signs with the Devils if no one takes a chance on him on the open market, but it seems like they’re ready to roll with Schneider as their new franchise netminder, while Brodeur continues his illustrious career elsewhere.

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