Free-agent acquisitions are coming to a halt and teams are starting to get comfortable with their rosters. While most known names on the market have already been picked up, one future Hall of Fame goaltender still has yet to be inquired about. That goaltender is Martin Brodeur.
At 42 years-old, Brodeur still has a lot of competitiveness in him. He was drafted 20th overall in 1990 by the New Jersey Devils and has played 21 seasons for the team.
Those 21 seasons were very successful for Brodeur and the Devils, and his records prove it.
- Most regular seasons wins (668)
- Most regular season shutouts (124)
- Most regular season losses (394) – mostly due to the fact he’s played 21 seasons in the NHL.
- Most playoff shutouts (24)
- Most shutouts in the regular season and playoffs combined (148)
- Most overtime wins (47)
- Most 40-win seasons (8)
- Most 30-win seasons (14)
- Youngest goalie to reach 300, 400, and 500 career wins
- Only goalie to ever reach 600 wins
- Most career saves (28,508)
- Most games played by a goaltender (1,259)
- Only goalie to win 100 games in two separate buildings (Continental Airlines Arena and Prudential Center)
With all that being said, age has caught up to Brodeur, and he has been on a constant decline since 2010, this being the main cause of Brodeur’s current struggle to get signed.
“If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me,” Brodeur said.
“I would definitely still want to be the No. 1 goalie, but it wouldn’t bother me to play in only 20 to 25 games during the season if I know I’ll have fun playing within a winning team. “
Of course Brodeur would be interested in playing for his hometown, but is his hometown interested in him?
The Habs have a very talented set of goaltenders under their belt currently, and it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for them to change that. Carey Price has proved time and time again that he’s capable of being one of the NHL’s best while having a secure back-up goaltender, Peter Budaj. In addition to that, the Habs can rely on Dustin Tokarski if Budaj needs the assistance.
Adding Brodeur to the roster would just make the Canadiens question what to do with Budaj and Tokarski. And considering that Brodeur is 42 years-old and on the verge of retirement, it ultimately wouldn’t be beneficial for the Habs to take him on.
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