Martin Brodeur Prepares For New Role With Devils
When the New Jersey Devils take the ice for training camp and the National Hockey League season they may look a little different from past seasons. For the first time in 20 years, Martin Brodeur, their longtime fixture between the pipes, more than likely won’t be on their active roster.
Cory Schneider has been handed the reins to become the heir apparent in net for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid and Scott Clemmensen will be battling it out for the number two spot, making the 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the 2013-2014 season finale, just possibly his final one in a Devils jersey. Brodeur recorded his NHL record 688th career victory on that night.
As he has noticed his playing time start to diminish, after the Devils acquired Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Brodeur decided to test the free agent market hoping to find out if there was a perfect fit for him with another club. Devils General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, has said that he and Marty reached an agreement, regarding his free agency, which was beneficial to both parties.
Brodeur made his NHL debut on March 26, 1992 with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The Devils returned him to their farm club in Utica, NY for the following season before bringing him back up to the big club for the 1993-1994 NHL season.
He gained recognition in that first full season when he won the Calder Trophy, for Rookie of the Year, while leading the Devils to the second best record in the league and the Eastern Conference Finals. Brodeur and the Devils, may have come up short in double overtime of game seven to the New York Rangers, but the following season they went on sweep the Detroit Red Wings the Stanley Cup Finals.
Over the course of his career Brodeur has won three Stanley Cups, (1995, 2000 & 2003). He is also the youngest goaltender to reach the 300, 400 and 500 win plateaus and the only one to record 600 victories.
The nine time All Star (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2007) has won the Vezina Trophy, for best goalie four times (2003, 2004, 2007 & 2008) and a five time winner of the William M Jennings Trophy, for yielding the fewest goals in a season (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 & 2010). In 1997 he shared the Jennings Trophy with Mike Dunham, his backup goalie, and in 2003 he shared it with Philadelphia Flyers goalies, Roman Chechmanek and Robert Esche.
Brodeur’s name is on just about every page in the record book. Some of the most notable ones include; most regular season wins (688), most regular season shutouts (124), most playoff shutouts (24), most overtime wins (47), most 40 win season (8) and most 30 win seasons (14). He also has played 1,259 games and recorded 74,083 minutes which is most by a goaltender. By having the record for most games played also leads to the one record that’s not so memorable, most regular season losses (394).
Once Brodeur does decide to officially retire, Lamoriello has promised him a position within the organization, if he’s so willing to accept it. If may not be this season that we see it but in the near future Brodeur may be sitting in the box with Lamoriello, being groomed to take over the duties of general manager. Even if he does find a fit on another club, he will always be remembered as a New Jersey Devil.
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