Changing landscape for NJ? Martin Brodeur Likely to Test Market.
Added by Michael DiGiacomo on June 30, 2012.
Free agent goadltender, Martin Brodeur, has hired an agent and will test the market.
New Jersey Devils fans seemed to be in a state of panic and shock on Friday June 29, 2012 as reports were released that Martin Brodeur has hired an agent to test the free market waters come July 1st. We all are now wondering, did we see Martin Brodeur play his last game in a Devils sweater as he’s been the face of the franchise for 20 seasons leading the team to three Stanley Cups and countless goaltender records in the NHL history books.
As of Friday, Martin Brodeur hired Pat Brisson as his player agent to represent him as a free agent. Pat Brisson is also Sidney Crosby’s agent. Brodeur has played a significant amount of time at a dollar amount that probably doesn’t reflect his true value to the game and team. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Brodeur said he couldn’t imagine himself playing for a team other than the Devils
“You never know I guess, but I don’t want to. It will definitely have to be something really, really weird that I’m going to do that. I want to play. I think I want to play. I’ll talk to my little girl (Anabelle) and see what she things, but I’m sure she’s going to want to see me play. But the Devils is what I am and it’s what I believe in and that is what I want to be, but again there might be circumstances that are going to be out of Lou Lamoriello’s hands and my hands that might change that, but I don’t know.” Brodeur mentioned.
While Devils fans have hit the panic button, we all need to realize that Marty will not be around forever and the organization has to move on and look for a replacement. But after a great regular season and exciting post season run, is this the time to cut ties with a talented goaltender again that was the driving force to a 5th Stanley Cup Final appearance? I’m going to be the last person to admit I want to see him go and I cannot stomach seeing Marty in any other sweater but a Devils sweater.
The teams that have surfaced in the conversation about Marty testing free agency waters are the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Chicago Blackhawks. All four teams have experienced goaltending challenges in the past two seasons.
If the Devils are going to focus on resigning either Marty or Zach Parise, I’m going to suggest they spend the dollars on Parise first. Brodeur called Zach the face of the franchise for the Devils future. While everyone knows how much of a household name Marty is with the Devils, they need upgrades. The fans don’t want to see him go and neither does Lou.
“I don’t think there’s ever something he and I have trouble with. I don’t want to see him put on any other uniform. I don’t think he wants to,” Lou stated.
I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the logic behind this all day. If I could come up with the answers, I’d be making more money than I am now. Does Martin Brodeur finally want to see what he’s really worth? But, that value is significantly different now at 40 then at 34 back in 2006. Is hiring an agent a way to put pressure on the Devils to resign Marty?
Or, my biggest question composed today is this. Is Martin Brodeur sending a message to the Devils that they need to and should part ways and give the organization the opportunity to sink their money into a cornerstone of this franchise’s future (Zach Parise)?
We will all eventually have our answers, but until then, stay tuned.