Once again, Martin Brodeur has started rumors about leaving New Jersey. Sure, the New Jersey Devils have kept the legendary goaltender for the remainder of this season, but will they be able to come July?
It is pretty well known that Brodeur has children in many different places including twins in Minnesota and future Devils goaltender, Anthony, who lives just outside of Ottawa. Those two locations are just a few of many possible landing spots for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.
Brodeur joked with media today about playing again next season and where it could possibly be.
“My kids want me to play. Actually, the twins want me to go to Minnesota, the other wants me to go play for Ottawa.” Brodeur told Randy Miller of NJ.com. “Anthony goes, ‘Dad, you’ve got to sign with Ottawa because I can stay with you,’ Selfish kid!”
Sure, both of those cities could be possible destinations for Brodeur, but there are a few other places he has entertained the thought of going to.
Returning home to Montreal was definitely on his mind, but he wants to play in games, Carey Price will have something to say about that. Montreal is most likely out of the equation.
If Pittsburgh still does not trust Marc-Andre Fleury next year, he could become a Penguin, especially with their strong shot at winning the cup each year.
But an old friend, David Clarkson, has been talking to Brodeur about what it is like in Toronto.
“I talk to Clarkie a lot about how it is in Toronto,” Brodeur told Miller. “I get a lot of information. I have a lot of friends who played somewhere else and I ask questions. I only know one thing. I don’t know anything else.”
Do not worry, he has not ruled out the return to New Jersey, especially after beginning to play again after the Olympic break.
But no matter what the plan is, Brodeur says he will always be a Devil. He gave analogies to Ray Bourque and Luc Robitaille, how they are remembered with one team, but have played with other teams late in their career.
That may be true, but Brodeur should keep all this talk for the offseason. The Devils are amidst a playoff push. Although it may be unlikely, the distraction is not needed in the locker room, stands, and front office. Sorry Marty, this is not what is important right now!