Where Will Martin Brodeur End His Career?

Perish the thought.  That is until recently, when Martin Brodeur raised the specter of possibility that he could indeed end his career with a franchise other than the New Jersey Devils.  Granted the speculation that Brodeur would wind up his career anywhere but New Jersey is about as likely as Governor Chris Christie not running for President in 2016 but if you’re an NHL contender on the cusp, you have to inquire, right?

From Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger:

“I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here,” Brodeur said Tuesday.

“I’m not looking for that. I want to get back into the playoffs with this team and try to do something with this team. I would say 99 percent I’d say no right now. But for a little bit of time [in the spring]? Nobody is going to remember it, really. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal.”

This discussion reminds me of one that briefly circulated this past summer, regarding another legendary stopper in the metro NYC area, also in his last season, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees.  Just like Rivera, Brodeur doesn’t have anything to prove in the way of winning a championship.  Yet for those of you who follow baseball out there, don’t you think a team like the Detroit Tigers would’ve bent over backward for one last shot with a closer like Mariano Rivera?  That is why Brodeur, even at age 41, is still a very intriguing option for any squad looking for an extra 16 wins come playoff time.

Martin Brodeur

Could Martin Brodeur be staring down a new team? (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

So looking at each team around the NHL, what would make the most sense for Brodeur and any potential suitor?

Anaheim Ducks: Pulling a Scott Niedermayer eh?  Sorry but I can’t see this one happening.  Between Jonas Hiller, Frederik Andersen, Viktor Fasth and John Gibson, who is the goods for the Norfolk Admirals, the Ducks are stacked in net.

(Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jonas Hiller. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask, enough said.

(Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tuukka Rask. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres: They have 99 problems, one of which not being Ryan Miller.

Ryan Miller Sabres

Ryan Miller. (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

Calgary Flames: Too little too late in making up for drafting Trevor Kidd in 1990 over Brodeur.

Carolina Hurricanes: With Cam Ward down, they could use Brodeur but can’t see him going to borderline playoff team.

(Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Cam Ward. (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Chicago Blackhawks: A contender yes but as nice of a compliment as Brodeur would make for Corey Crawford, Chicago already has virtually the same concept with Nikolai Khabibulin.

(Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Crawford. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche: Oh the intrigue of Brodeur playing for Patrick Roy!  A young early contender that could use a veteran keeper.  Could Brodeur, like Roy, earn his fourth Stanley Cup by taking the same route as Roy, to Colorado?

Columbus Blue Jackets: Not quite a contender, plus they already have Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky Blue Jackets

Sergei Bobrovsky. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Dallas Stars: Another team in transition, seem stable enough with Kari Lehtonen.

Detroit Red Wings: A contender and even though they have Jimmy Howard, they’ve added vets in the past, such as Mike Vernon and Dominik Hasek.

Jimmy Howard Red Wings

Jimmy Howard. (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Edmonton Oilers: Not in contention and just threw in their chips with Ilya Bryzgalov.

Florida Panthers: They’re not in contention either and someone needs to free Jacob Markstrom.

Los Angeles Kings: Yes they’re a contender but alas they have Jonathan Quick.

(Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Jonathan Quick. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota Wild: Pulling a Zach Parise?  Turning into a viable contender, stable in net with Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding, although Brodeur could put them over the top.

Montreal Canadiens: Marty goes home and teaches Carey Price how to win in the playoffs in the process, a nice story.

(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Carey Price. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators: Brodeur was almost a Nashville goalie when the Devils were rumored to move there in the mid 1990’s but not with Pekka Rinne.

Pekka Rinne

Pekka Rinne. (Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE)

New York Islanders: Could Brodeur show them how to win in the playoffs?

New York Rangers: They already have Henrik Lundqvist, not to mention that it usually doesn’t end well for Devils who go to the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Ottawa Senators: Already set with Craig Anderson.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Devils did trade Chico Resch to the Flyers once upon a time but Philadelphia is in worse shape than New Jersey at this point.

Phoenix Coyotes: They’re back in contention but seem set with Mike Smith.

Pittsburgh Penguins: An obvious contender, Brodeur would absolutely work as insurance for a possible Marc-Andre Fleury playoff flop.

Marc-Andre Fleury hopes to be on the ice rather than the bench once the 2013-14 NHL Playoffs are upon us. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Marc-Andre Fleury. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

San Jose Sharks: Sure they’re a contender and they have Antti Niemi in goal but a winner like Brodeur could help put them over the top, once and for all.

Antti Niemi Sharks

Antti Niemi. (Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

St. Louis Blues: In contention once again but while Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott will get you there, Brodeur could be that x-factor in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning: A young and burgeoning contender but they seem happy thus far with the play of Ben Bishop.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Jonathan Bernier has proven to be an excellent pick up for the contending Leafs.  If Brodeur could win there, he’d be a national hero.

Vancouver Canucks: So, you lost your job to Cory Schneider too eh?

Roberto Luongo traded

Roberto Luongo. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby has been sharp for the Caps but again another case of a team that could use Brodeur as that rock in net.

Winnipeg Jets: Sure they could use Brodeur’s services but not yet enough of a contender.

 

Michael Gwizdala
Michael Gwizdala covers the New Jersey Devils for The Hockey Writers. Michael has also written for the Times Union and has been published on numerous outlets on the web. Additionally, Michael was once a Media Relations intern for the AHL Albany River Rats. Michael is also a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
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