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Martin Brodeur won’t overstay his welcome

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks earned a “promise” from New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur to not overstay his welcome, with Brodeur insisting that, “No one will have to tell me when it’s time for me to go.” Brodeur discussed the sooner-than-later aspects of potential end of his career at some length with Brooks:

“I’m not putting myself in the position where this is going to be something I wait to think about until the end so I’m not ready for it,” said Brodeur, who notched career victory 633 last night in Montreal. “After the game in Florida the other night, I thought to myself that it might be the last time I ever play there, and the same with other rinks. I’ve talked to Nieder [Scott Niedermayer], Dano [Ken Daneyko], Johnny MacLean and Chris Terreri, my goalie coach, about what it feels like to retire. I’m talking to everybody to understand that when you’re gone, it means you’re gone.

“I’m having fun this year, though. I really like the guys here, I like the way Zach [Parise] is growing as a captain, and the way Kovy [Ilya Kovalchuk] is buying into it and doing what a superstar should do, which is being a team guy, and the way the young guys are learning what it means to be a part of the Devils.

“I understand that things change, and it’s been a while since we were where we want to go, but I like the direction we’re going. I like that we’ve put up plaques around our room signifying past trophy winners and championships so that the young guys know that we have a great tradition of winning here. And I think the coach [Pete DeBoer] is doing a really good job, at least that’s my opinion.”

Patrick Roy went somewhere else to finish. So did Terry Sawchuk, so did Glenn Hall, so did Dominik Hasek, so did Jacques Plante and so did Grant Fuhr. Of the greatest of all time, only Ken Dryden played his entire career with one club (though Tony Esposito did play the final 15 years with Chicago after playing 13 games with Montreal), and Dryden played only eight years.

“I don’t believe I would do anything outside the Devils’ organization,” Brodeur said. “I want to be completely comfortable, I don’t want to face a situation that’s foreign to me. I’ve never looked outside New Jersey before, so it’s not something I want to have to do now. If I think I can keep playing, I hope the Devils think so, too. I’m completely aware of the choices that I am going to have to make. I’m not going to play just to keep playing. I’m not going to play just for more money. I have my pride. I’ll know the right thing to do.”

Continued, though there isn’t much left other than context.


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I have always enjoyed watching Martin Brodeur play hockey, you dont need to be a devils fan to recognize his contribution to an organization and the game itself. A first ballot HOF’er I myself am sure. We expect our heroes to go on forever, remain ageless, timeless, but few recognize what is needed to play at this level continually year after year. We are quick to lash out at or judge players like Neidermayer or Selanne who firted with retirement in the offseason in the past only to say why not just one more year right? Look at it a differant way no player past, present, amateur or pro ever thinks “you know, all this is gonna end some day” . I miss my heroes out there like Scott Stevens, Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer and so many more that made my night watching the greatest game there is. I have gotten many autographs over the years and have never been disappointed after these guys give it their all win or lose then after a grueling night still take the time to give the fans a picture or an autograph. Martin is no different, class all the way, like him or not he is one of the best there is, ever was and ever will be. Thank you Marty for making hockey a better experience for everyone and I hope to see you out there for many years to come, but know just like my heroes of the past you may pass the torch sooner than later. I know I may get some flack over a this, but hey I’m a fan just like you are

Posted by John "a fan" from North Carolina on 12/18/11 at 01:22 PM ET

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