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Martin Brodeur won’t take part in training camps, but Pat Brisson believes his client will find work

Via The Score's Katie Flynn, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti spoke with Martin Brodeur's agent, Pat Brisson, regarding his client's status. Pat Brisson stated that his client won't attend a team's training camp on a pro try-out, but he believes that his client will find NHL employment:

"Both physically and mentally Marty is ready to have another season,” Brisson told me today. “Training camps are starting next week. There’s no rush. However, once training camp opens and once the season opens in early October, there’s going to be opportunities, I believe, for Marty. It may come early. It may come a little later. … If you look at every season, there’s always a situation that is not perfect. Perhaps, a goaltender will get an injury or a goalie that doesn’t start off the season on the right foot. Now, that doesn’t mean that any team that shows up Marty is going to go. It has to make sense to Marty.”

Brodeur has already said he is willing to be a backup in the right situation – on a team with a good chance to win – though he’d clearly love a chance to be a No. 1, as well. It’s just a matter of waiting for that right situation to arise.

Once the dust settled following the initial free agent frenzy on July 1, Brisson and Brodeur both knew things would be quiet until after training camps opened. (Players report for physicals next Thursday and begin practices the next day.)

“Nothing happens in July and August once free agency is over,” Brisson said.

Brisson also addressed the reports that Brodeur's been contacted by the Montreal Canadiens...

There continues to be speculation about Brodeur landing in his hometown of Montreal as the backup to Carey Price, but it doesn’t seem to be more than that at this point. RDS hockey analyst and former Canadien Vincent Damphousse said Monday night on the program “L'Antichambre” that Canadiens GM Marc Bergervin met with Brisson in July to discuss the possibility of Brodeur playing for the Habs. Brisson said he did speak to Bergevin around the start of free agency, but wouldn’t say they specifically talked about Brodeur.

“I heard Vincent Damphousse said it on one of the talk shows, but there’s nothing to report there about that,” Brisson said. “I wouldn’t discuss the content of my conversations, but I did speak with Marc Bergevin about all of my free agents, of course, like I do with most GMs around July 1. That’s pretty much the extent of it.”

And Brisson told Gulitti that Brodeur won't "put a timeline" on deciding whether to continue playing:

“I don’t want to put a timeline on it because he doesn’t know,” he said. “Once we start putting a date on this, then there will be questions about that. … We have to take it a week or so at a time here once training camp starts.”

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Chet's avatar

a team projected to be terrible should try to sign him NOW. why wouldn’t a clearly terrible team want to sell a few more home tickets in a down year and have him do like 25 home starts? try to keep the games close and if he’s even passable you’ll get a pick at the deadline.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/10/14 at 02:47 AM ET

Chet's avatar

“hey, _______. you’re giving up 30 this year.”

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/10/14 at 03:02 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

a team projected to be terrible should try to sign him NOW.

I think he’d be less likely to sign with a terrible team now though, than in a few weeks.  He definitely wants to win, so I think that’s his goal first and foremost, even if he only plays 35% of the time. 

Brodeur to Montreal seems to make sense.  He’d be a fantastic back up, and he grew up there.  Price is a solid #1, but it would be great for the Habs to have a reliable and ready #2 to give Price a break.  But do the Canadiens really need another goalie?

Posted by TreKronor on 09/10/14 at 10:31 AM ET

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