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by Paul on 09/15/11 at 09:41 AM ET
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Brodeur is entering the final season of his contract ($5.2 million). He has twice before passed up unrestricted free agency to stay with New Jersey, at a discount. But those Devils were perennial contenders. This is now, and no one knows whether these Devils are last season’s’ 22-2-3 juggernaut or the playoff-missers.
“These two years, this year and last year, it’s different. A lot of young guys and different responsibilities,” Brodeur said. “For me, it’s a lot different.
“I want to be OK with it. Do I want to continue playing with young players? And what kind of team are we going to have? There are a lot of things. I’m looking forward to that challenge. It will be fun, a new coach and we’ll see how it’s going to go.”
Brodeur made it clear he wants to be a career-long Devil, but also made clear that departure next summer is possible. Or a lockout might push him toward retirement.
“I don’t want to put any barriers on my decision,” he said. “I would love to stay forever in New Jersey. That’s my goal.
“Then again, if they’re going a different route, and I feel I want to play, I can’t close these doors. I don’t want to go anywhere, that’s the bottom line.
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