Brodeur Says He Wants to Return, Decision by July 1
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur entered this year's playoff run much differently than others in the past.
Unlike his previous 15 playoff runs, the all-time wins leader wasn't sure if this would be his last time through the mill, with questions about his level of play -- and upcoming expiring contract -- looming.
After leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final, however, Brodeur said on Wednesday that he has every intention to come back.
"I really want to come back," Brodeur said at breakup day. "I'm going to take a week or two to discuss it with my family though."
Brodeur had one sour game all playoffs: a 4-3 loss to Florida in game three of the first round, where he was pulled after giving up three goals and blowing a 3-0 lead. In game four, however, he was spectacular, stopping every shot he saw for his only shutout of the playoffs as the Devils blanked the Panthers, 4-0.
From that point on, Brodeur was arguably the Devils best player for the next three rounds. His big saves helped the Devils beat the Panthers in seven, win four straight to top the Flyers in five, and with all the hype around New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Brodeur out-played him, leading New Jersey to their prominent six-game win over the top-seeded Rangers.
Even after the Devils game six loss to the Kings on Monday, Brodeur said he was really happy with how he played and how the team overall played throughout the entire run.
"We accomplished a lot, the guys played really hard and we could leave this season with our head held high," he said according to MSG-plus.
Now, Brodeur is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, although very few people expect it to actually get that far.
When asked about if Brodeur would possibly be playing for a different team next season, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Brodeur would be a Devil for as long as he wanted to be.
Later, Brodeur -- who became the only goalie to start in a playoff game as a teenager and a 40-year-old -- said he plans to come back, but joked that certain things could sway his decision.
"If I go out and shoot three rounds at 72, I might not be coming back," he said with a laugh.
Brodeur also mentioned that Devils captain and unrestricted free agent Zach Parise should be the team's number one priority heading into the off-season.
Brodeur finished the playoffs with 14 wins, second to Kings goalie Jonathon Quick, a .917 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against-average. His 24 games were the most in the league by any goaltender.