To list all of Martin Brodeur’s stats, records, and credentials in this article wouldn’t do his career any justice. It really isn’t even debatable anymore. Martin Brodeur is the best goaltender to ever play in the NHL. He has broken almost every positive record there is to be broken. He has helped the Devils to 3 Stanley Cup Championships and 2 other Stanley Cup Finals appearances.
As his days in the NHL are dwindling, the sun is setting of Brodeur’s career and his stats are reflective of a man who is the greatest but is also about to retire. His Save % has been decreasing gradually and last season it culminated in a .901 S%.
Normally, we could expect a solid, slightly above-average year from the future hall-of-famer. With the addition of Cory Schneider to the roster, we might witness a true “changing of the guard” type season. There has been serious speculation that Schneider could go as far as splitting the season with Brodeur. While the former is unlikely, it is very likely that Schneider could play in 1/3 of the season this year. This could relieve some of the load off Brodeur and keep him fresh for his share of games. It also will give the Devils a sneak preview of the future of the organization’s goaltending.
Brodeur’s 2-year contract expires at the end of this coming season. A lot of people, including me, take this season potentially as his last. If the Devils win the Cup then he will definitely retire. Otherwise, it is up-in-the-air at the moment.
Brodeur will definitely be the starting goalie. There is no disputing that. We can expect some more great saves as usual from Brodeur but, more importantly, we can expect Marty to properly introduce Cory Schneider into how the Devils’ organization works. He can teach him everything he needs to know to stay on Lou Lamoriello’s good side and give him his best advice on the regional rivalries and even how to take a punch from Michael Rupp in the process.
This season could be a fitting final season from Martin Brodeur to pass the torch off to the new heir, Cory Schneider. As much as Henrik Lundqvist is viewed as “The King”, we all know who the real king is and always will be.