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by George Malik on 12/18/11 at 07:06 AM ET
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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