Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 08/16/14 at 12:06 PM ET
Via SI's Allan Muir, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has every intention of employing Martin Brodeur should the legendary goaltender not find the "right fit" with a championship-contending team, but the Newark Star-Ledger's Steve Politi reports that Lamoriello's standing offer involves a front-office job:
What happens if Brodeur gets to a point where he realizes the right fit isn't there? Lamoriello has the answer. The longtime Devils GM said Brodeur has a job waiting for him with the Devils if he decides to stop playing.
"He knows that," Lamoriello said. "He knows he'll be a Devil for the rest of his life. What Marty has done and the type of personality he is, and what his experience is, it's a no brainer. He's a Devil."
But Lamoriello wonders: Does Brodeur want to work? He's been around enough great players to know that this is not always the case.
"You always have to find out if former players want to work," Lamoriello said. "They're used to playing, that's the bottom line. I know Marty doesn't want to coach. I don't know if Marty wants to work.
"It's the individual. You see some that have gone into it and have drifted away, and it wasn't that the organization did that, it was just what they wanted to put in to have the success. It's like great players sometimes don't make good coaches.
"It's not because they don't know. It's that they can't get down to the majority of players because they think they should know it already. It's the same thing with what you've accomplished. There's a price you pay. It's the individual. It's one they get into and feel, 'This is not for me. Golf is more for me. Parties are more for me.' That's more of the majority that the minority, by the way."
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