June 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) reacts during the second period of game six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Brodeur Hires Agent, Expected To Test Free Agency

Jan 29, 2010; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a glove save during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center. The Devils won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Friday morning, TSN reported that future Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur, had hired agent Pat Brisson.  If the Devils do not agree to a deal by July 1, Brodeur will explore the open market.

This is shocking news in the hockey world.  The fact that Brodeur is even contemplating leaving New Jersey is absolutely stunning.  Couple this news with the news of Shane Doan and the uncertainty surrounding the Coyotes ownership and we have the possibility of two iconic figures moving for the first time in their careers this summer.

Martin Brodeur has been the literal face of the New Jersey Devils since his rookie year in 1994.  Likewise, Doan has been the face of the Phoenix Coyotes since their purchase of the Winnipeg Jets.  In Doan’s defense, he has no idea where the franchise will be in the coming years.. literally.  The franchise is so unstable, they could be on the move at any point in the near future.  I’m sure Doan would like to choose his next destination, rather than be moved on command of the league.  So what’s the purpose of Brodeur contemplating leaving his beloved Devils?

I believe it’s the simple fact that the management hasn’t made great strides to sign him yet.  He may feel as if they’re not sure they trust his compete level in the next couple years.. he is 40 years of age.  On the other hand, New Jersey did not use any of their draft choices on a goaltender.  Having said that, the Devils have difficulty staying under the cap in the past few years.

Adding to a financial issue, the team’s heart and soul, Zach Parise, is also expected to test free agency.  To me, it seems as though they’re going to have to make an effort at either one or the other.  Parise won’t be signed before July 1, so I believe Brodeur follows suit.  New Jersey’s management will definitely want to lock up their core player.. much to the dismay of Martin Brodeur.  Assuming Brodeur is going to look to finish his career off elsewhere, where does he fit best?

Unfortunately for Brodeur, there isn’t a crazy market for goalies north of 40 years.  Fortunately for Toronto, there may be room for an accomplished goaltender like Marty.  I don’t see the Leafs trading for Luongo and is mammoth of a contract, as the length of it would bring Scrivens and Reimer both into their early 30s, so Marty could be the solution in Toronto.

February 21, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) and forward Joffrey Lupul (19) crowd New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (30) during the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New Jersey defeated Toronto 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

Again, Brodeur is 40 years old and has one, maybe two, years left in him.  This seems to be the ideal time frame for Reimer/Scrivens to season their skills and really learn from a legend like Brodeur.  There seems to be two goaltenders, now on the market, that fit the plan in Toronto: Tim Thomas and Martin Brodeur.  With Thomas, the Leafs have to trade assets to their division rivals.  However, it could be an opportunity to swap contracts, whereas in signing Brodeur, the Leafs are taking on another salary.  This could handcuff the team’s ability to acquire other assets for the summer, depending on the terms of the deal.

I don’t see the Leafs making a move on Brodeur before they address other needs and unloading some contracts.  But if Brodeur is somehow still lurking on the open market later on in the summer, expect Toronto to make a move.

Say what you may, but Brodeur proved in his last playoff run that he can still play at a very high level.  And unlike Luongo, Brodeur won`t be looking to stick around for 5+ years.  So if you bring in Marty, you bring in chance to succeed and you bring in an incredible mentor for Reimer/Scrivens.  But most of all. for us Leaf fans, it brings genuine excitement and a real reason to get excited for the season!

But the most important variable to consider in signing any free agent, is selling your team.  What benefits Marty if he comes to Toronto?  Well, much like every other Canadian, Burke`s primary sales pitch will be that Marty could end his career in Canada.. in the greatest hockey market on the planet!  Burke would also make the argument that last year, we were a goaltender short of being a contending playoff team.  We have scoring, now we just need that dependable man between the pipes.  And like any great player, he will likely make the pitch that he has the chance to be the saviour of the city.. only adding to a phenomenal legacy.


4 Comments on Brodeur Hires Agent, Expected To Test Free Agency

  1. jerojanzen says:

    Hey Kurtis, what do you think of the signings this weekend and have you heard anything more about Justin in your previous post?

  2. jerojanzen says:

    Hey Kurtis, what do you think of the signings this weekend and have you heard anything more about Justin Shultz in your previous post?

  3. jjj82 says:

    Hey Kurtis, what do you think about the signings we did this weekend and have you heard anything more about Justin Shultz?

    • Hey, thanks for reading. I am just about to write an article about our silent free agency. I love how we locked up Frattin for so cheap, think he’s got great potential. As for the free agent side of things, I don’t really understand the signing of McClement. Everyone points to his near league leading worst plus/minus since the lockout (mind you he’s played on bad teams) but at the end of the day, he’s yet another bottom six player at best. I mean, did Burke not watch the Marlies this year? We have a ton of up and coming talent that we can begin to work into the Leafs. Signing another average winger doesn’t make a ton of sense to me, but I guess he’s a penalty killing specialist. We’ll see what happens, but I think he struggles to make the roster next season. Hey, maybe he’s just trying to get the Marlies more depth?! Haha doubt it, but I just thought he’d of made a better pitch for more of a core guy like Prust after buying out Armstrong. But remember, Burke is all about the trades, as he should with our assets and salary. Burke has said that from Day 1, so I don’t think fans have a right to be upset about this year’s July 1 silence. Trading is more effective in addressing multiple needs in one deal, and Burke said he isn’t done (trades).. so let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!

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