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Brodeur To Hit The UFA Market?

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Martin Brodeur very likely to test free agent market. Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson (CAA) to represent him. Bidders get ready!

added 10:57am, via TSN,

Brodeur, an unrestricted free agent on Sunday, has hired player agent Pat Brisson to represent him and might be ready to test his value on the open market.

The 40-year-old netminder has had limited conversation with the Devils on a new deal and though he could still re-sign with the only NHL team he’s played for, his new agent says he will entertain offers from other teams if an agreement is not reached at the beginning of the free agent period.

“He will be testing free agency if a deal is not in place by Sunday,” Brisson told TSN on Friday.

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Wait, what?

Also, if Brodeur’s not staying in NJ, no way Parise stays.

(or they make a max-offer for him and he stays to prevent a collective suicide among the fans)

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/29/12 at 11:44 AM ET

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WOW…  I guess this means Parise wont be back as a Devils

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 06/29/12 at 11:45 AM ET

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wow!  Damn, any chance the pens can dump MAF and Martin?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/29/12 at 11:47 AM ET

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In case you were wondering, Brodeur was making $5.2M for the last 6 seasons according to CapGeek.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/12 at 11:48 AM ET

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Oh please, he’s not leaving the Devils. That being said, get er done, Kenny! Ha!

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/29/12 at 11:54 AM ET

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Didn’t see that coming.

That being said, get er done, Kenny! Ha!

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/29/12 at 10:54 AM ET

He would probably want too much money. Money that could go to be use eleswhere and he would want to start. There is no reason to stall Howard’s momentum to play the old veteran just to stroke his ego. This would have worked in the past for the Wings but it can’t be the model now.

Posted by Moocat on 06/29/12 at 12:07 PM ET

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Posted by Moocat on 06/29/12 at 11:07 AM ET

I was completely joking.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/29/12 at 12:13 PM ET

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I was completely joking.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/29/12 at 11:13 AM ET

My bad. I’m used to that being a serious comment in regards to free agents and the Wings.

Posted by Moocat on 06/29/12 at 12:29 PM ET

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Thought the “Ha!” at the end was a big hint, but whatever.

Next stop, Suterville.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/29/12 at 12:37 PM ET

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So, my first thought was this was similar to Doan.  Mostly just being prepared in case the financial/ownership situation isnt resolved.

the other possibility i can think of, is that they need all of Marty’s 5.2 mil to retain Parise, and figure Marty only has a season or so left anyway.

Posted by jwad on 06/29/12 at 12:56 PM ET

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I am thinking that too jwad, but then Parise asks, who plays goal?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/12 at 01:01 PM ET

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN writes about possible destinations for Brodeur, Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay or Chicago.

I would think Brodeur wants to go to a winning team with a chance to win the Cup.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/12 at 01:16 PM ET

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If those are the options, then he’ll go to Chicago.

How’s their cap situation? I’d think he’d ask for a big paycheck, since he’s playing on a discount for a lot of time.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/29/12 at 01:24 PM ET

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If those are the options, then he’ll go to Chicago.

How’s their cap situation? I’d think he’d ask for a big paycheck, since he’s playing on a discount for a lot of time.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/29/12 at 12:24 PM ET

Chicago doesn’t have much room at the moment.  They have 4 UFAs / spots to fill and only $8MM and change under the cap.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/29/12 at 01:50 PM ET

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Looks the current MO in NJ is, “Abandon ship!”

Even at his age, Daddy Uncle can still get his team to the SCFs.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/29/12 at 01:53 PM ET

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Wow.  This would be huge news.. if it was still 2007.

As it is, I don’t think Brodeur is special anymore.

Posted by Primis on 06/29/12 at 02:09 PM ET

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Maybe Devils deal for Luongo.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 06/29/12 at 02:28 PM ET

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That sound you heard was Mike Gillis calling Medvedev to see what the KHL will give him for Luongo.

Posted by larry from pitt on 06/29/12 at 02:50 PM ET

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Even at his age, Daddy Uncle can still get his team to the SCFs.

Posted by SYF from a drunken Guinness blitz on 06/29/12 at 12:53 PM ET


Haha. Think it’s Uncle Daddy

Posted by larry from pitt on 06/29/12 at 02:51 PM ET

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If Brodeur does opt for a destination in Florida at least he can speak his native tongue with all the snow birds during the season. I think the agent was brought in to see if there is a creative way to create an over 35 contract that is acceptable in terms of cap risk to the Devils.

Brodeur to Toronto makes sense in only one regard, to lower the price to attain the services of Luongo

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/29/12 at 02:57 PM ET

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Brodeur had a nice run this spring, but realistically speaking—he’s a backup goalie at this stage of his career. Behind the same Devils’ defense, he has been statistically outperformed by his own backups in each of the last four seasons. I don’t care how many Vezinas you’ve won—if Johan Hedberg is putting up substantially better numbers than you on the same team for two straight years, you are no longer a good goalie.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/29/12 at 03:13 PM ET

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