By: John Butkus
Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in what may be his final game with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. It has been made clear by Brodeur that the most challenging part of this past season was that he wasn’t happy with the amount of playing time he was getting. The 41 year old and future first-ballot Hall of Fame netminder is no doubt at the end of his career but is still on top of his game. Currently, he is ranked first in career games, wins and shutouts among goalies in the NHL. “Not playing as much, that’s an obvious one,” Brodeur said about abdicating the starting spot to heir apparent Cory Schneider. “It was difficult. And again, the position the coaching staff was in with having two goalies as No. 1s, it just doesn’t work. It didn’t work in Vancouver. It didn’t work here too good. We didn’t make the playoffs.” With all that said it shouldn’t be a secret that in order for Brodeur to be in a New Jersey Devils jersey next season, he will have to see a significant increase in playing time or we may very well have seen the last of the legendary Martin Brodeur between the pipes.