The Day Martin Brodeur Retires

All good (or bad) things must come to an end eventually (sorry, this is being typed right after the Breaking Bad Finale so excuse my allusions).

Anyway, the day Martin Brodeur retires.

Apr 23, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a save on Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It is a day every Devils fan is dreading, whether you want to admit it or not. No goalie has ever accomplished what Martin Brodeur accomplished, and it’s likely that no one ever will when it comes to a lot of his records.

The last game he plays at the Prudential Center will be can’t miss TV. I watched Mariano Rivera play in his last game at Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees and to see him completely break down really floored me. Not because I didn’t expect it but it isn’t something you see from Mariano Rivera. He never shows weakness like that and when longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettite came to the mound to remove him he just lost it.

I can definitely see this happening to Martin Brodeur. He usually keeps a level head and only loses his cool once in a blue moon (see Game 6 vs. Carolina), but he never gets too emotional. Hopefully, when that last game comes Patrik Elias is the first person to greet him in goal and gives him a big hug.

I also hope that Marty announces it before or during the season. Not only would I like to see other teams honor him like they did with Mariano, you’d be surprised to see who actually honors him. I firmly believe the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers would do something to honor him.

Even though Marty doesn’t seem like the person to embrace a big farewell tour, I would think that he would do it to put an end to the speculation but only if he knows that this is it.

Whether it’s Mariano Rivera retiring, Breaking Bad ending, or even watching the Mets finish another glorious season (obviously I’m a Mets fan), there are momentous events that are happening around us and a fantastic era of athletes are closing the curtain and Martin Brodeur will be one of the next ones to finish up a truly historic career.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.frith.948 Timothy Frith

    I think Martin Brodeur will retire after the Devils win their 4th Stanley Cup.

    • Thomas Formoso

      I always held onto the notion that if they won in 2011-12 he would’ve retired

  • Calibabe712

    I have seen many great players come and go that I have admired. Watching Mariano on the mound and then Jeter and Pettite come out and Mariano lose it, made me well up for sure (Yankee’s are not my baseball team, Mets fan as well). However when Marty plays his last game in NJ, I for one will surely do more than well up. Every team that has played in NJ (Giants, Nets & Jets) yeah, they like playing here and living here, but they certainly don’t reflect that by changing their name to reflect exactly where they play, in NEW JERSEY–NOT NEW YORK. That was one reason I was and still am such a gunho Devils fan. They embraced NJ and we embraced them back, and what did we get in return? Three Stanley Cups and arguably the games greatest goalie of all time. I have watched Marty these past 20 years and it has been truly a pleasure and a gift to watch him and the Devils. Good, bad or indifferent, I am NEVER, EVER embarrassed to say “I am a NEW JERSEY DEVIL’S FAN and I AM FROM NEW JERSEY (even thought now I live in L.A.)”. Whenever Marty decides it is time, it is his decision. Maybe he doesn’t want all the hubbub and will do it at the end of a season. Maybe it will be before and maybe it will be during. Maybe recent events with his father passing will put a different perspective on it. All I know is that I want it to be his decision and his decision alone. I know the Devils organization will honor that. I hope that the fans do as well.