Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur appears to have had a change of heart in his retirement plans.
Renaud Lavoie, a hockey reporter at TVA Sports and the Journal de Montréal, said on Twitter that the 42-year-old isn’t ready to hang up his skates just yet.
Brodeur has been keeping active, and skated with the QMJHLs Gatineau Olympiques in early October.
“The last two seasons have been hard,” Brodeur told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “We missed the playoffs both occasions, and…my playing time was kind of cut a little bit and not to my liking…I thought I was going to play a lot more and be more productive.
“I’d like to end it…not leaving like that.”
With the regular season a month and a half in, teams around the NHL are starting to reevaluate their goaltending situation.
Scott Niedermayer, an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks, was on Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Oct. 29 and was asked if Brodeur was a fit with the Ducks.
“I don’t know if I have that much clout here,” Niedermayer said about convincing management to bring in his former teammate. “But, I think we’re probably trying to evaluate our situation, every couple weeks, every week to see where our two young guys are at.”
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The opening day goaltending duo of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson have both been plagued with various injuries so far this season.
Andersen was day-to-day with leg tightness last week, but has been the most consistent of the two, posting a 7-1-2 record, 1.56 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.
Gibson, on the other hand, was placed on the injured reserve with a groin injury on Nov. 4 and is expected to miss six weeks.
Niedermayer and Brodeur won three Stanley Cups together in New Jersey in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Niedermayer was pressed and admits there’s always a chance for Brodeur to wind up in Anaheim.
“Marty obviously knows how to win and that’s what he’s looking for again — that feeling of hoisting the Stanley Cup so I hope it works out for him,” Niedermayer said.
In his interview with Friedman, Brodeur said that he had a deadline date for his retirement.
It seems as though that date has been pushed back just a little bit longer.