Sentiment is widely commended as a prized possession when it is for someone highly regarded, and the sentiment for Martin Brodeur in a New Jersey Devils’ uniform can be maintained for at least another two years.
Martin Brodeur re-signed with the New Jersey Devils today; agreeing to a 9 million-dollar deal spread out over two years. Following right behind Marty was Johan Hedberg with his own newly acquired, two-year deal. Hedberg will make 1.4 million backing up Marty with his two-year agreement.
Both deals reap dual benefits. With Brodeur’s deal, the Devils are closer to certainty about keeping him in Devil colors until his retirement. Accompanying the idea of keeping Brodeur a Devil until retirement is the signing of he and Hedberg brings the roster closer to last season’s form.
Seeing Marty depart would less than likely have developed a massive bitterness from the fans, but on the other hand, it would have been quite discomforting seeing him play for any other team when there was a chance to re-sign him for any length of time closer to his retirement. There has been no affirmation as to whether this two-year signing will be the end of the road for Marty’s career , but he did not clarify which teams showed interest in taking him away from New Jersey (it is speculated the Maple Leafs and the Blackhawks were intrigued to sign him.)
“I am not 100 percent sure,” Brodeur commented as to whether or not this would be his last two years. “We’ll see how well I feel and how well I am able to play.”
Signing Marty and “Moose” Hedberg still leave pieces of the 2011-2012 conglomerate to fill. The Devils Team captain, Zach Parise, became an unrestricted free agent as of yesterday. Bryce Salvador also is a free-agent that will be experimenting with his options on the NHL market.
Parise, who has said he’d love to stay in New Jersey, may be being pursued by the likes of Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Minnesota; all of which are supposedly willing to offer Parise a long-term contract.
While the return of Parise and Salvador are still up in the air, Lou Lamoriello has been seemingly adamant about returning last year’s team to full form. While bringing back Brodeur has great sentimental value, winning is the objective in any professional sport. The team proved they could still delve deep into playoff contention with Brodeur at goal, and re-signing Hedberg could prove to be a key strategy as he defeated the Devils’ Stanley Cup opponents, the Kings, twice during the 2011-2012 regular-season.
While the Devils Army wishes to have all of the team back from last year, we can’t always get what we want. If there is anyone who can summarize that concept, as well as conjoin the hopes of signing Parise and Salvador, it is Martin Brodeur.
“Circumstances happen sometimes in life that you can’t control,” Martin said.