by David Pavlak on 09/17/11 at 12:30 PM ET
It seems like it has finally happened. The train is finally making its way down the long and winding track. However, this train may not actually stop when it arrives to the station.
Martin Brodeur could possibly be looking to sign an extension sometime throughout the season depending on his personal health and how this season turns out. If you are a fan of the New Jersey Devils, you have to hope that his decision is quick and decisive.
Devils fans have witnessed many, many, many successful seasons with #30 between the posts. The man was a human highlight reel. His lists of accomplishments and awards are unimaginable, and his personality seems infectious. However, at age 40, Brodeur has missed a beat. There comes a time in every professional athletes career that they have to realize it is time to hang it up. Brodeur should ultimately realize sometime throughout this season it may be his time. His style of play will also ultimately be a reflection of his decision. If Brodeur is as leaky as a water pipe, that might make the verdict clearer. Nobody could tolerate the Brett Favre “I’m retired, no I’m not” saga. Favre’s anticts lasted seasons, and distracted his team throughout the process. If this year is the last for Marty, he needs to realize it soon, and let his team know.
“Yes. It’s the last year of my contract. You always think about these things because you know it’s going to happen sooner than later,” Brodeur told Rich Chere of www.nj.com. “But I’m getting ready just to play hockey and have fun. We’ll see what the season will bring. It’s been a few years that I knew it was going to happen eventually. But it hasn’t changed my approach about anything. It’s what life brings you sometimes. When I’m ready to make a decision, I’ll make a decision. Doesn’t mean it will be now. Doesn’t mean it’s going to be in the middle of the season. Doesn’t mean it’s going to be at the end. I’ll listen to everything, but it’s what I’m going to be at peace with. I could be the one asking [for an extension]. Who knows? We’ll see how the season is going to go, how I’m going to feel and how everything plays out. When you get to my age there are a lot of different things to take into consideration. It’s not just playing hockey to play hockey. It’s a way of life. You want to be happy to play hockey and your family has to be OK with it.”
Marty, please, do not become the Brett Favre of the NHL. His indecisive behavior diminished his reputation. With yours still intact, if it is time to call it quits, make sure it is the right decision.
If this is Brodeur’s final year, the Devils will have a hard time finding a permanent replacement for him. No one will be able to duplicate what he has done, but Devils fans will expect greatness, just like they received from Brodeur for years. If the Devils wanted to take a look at some of the guys in the UFA pool, they might want to take a shot at Ray Emery. He has signed a tryout contract with the Blackhawks, but if that doesn’t work out, then the 28 year old goalie may be a nice fit. Most people have pegged Emery as nothing more then a backup, but has shown the potential to shine when he can stay healthy. He has also been cited as causing “locker room problems.” Under the watchful eye of Lou Lamoriello, though, I don’t think it would be a problem. Even a one-year deal to prove his worth might be a tempting offer.
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