Devils’ Brodeur not ready to pack it in
He’s 39 and admits he even feels his age some days, but retirement hasn’t yet crept into the mind of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
“I haven’t given any thought to that,” Brodeur said after practice in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. “There might be a time when I have to ask that question but I’m not ready to ask it yet.
“I’m just trying to play day-by-day. Trying to play well and get my team into the playoffs.”
The Devils (12-12-1) entered Tuesday’s game winless in their last four starts. Brodeur was in goal for three of the losses. He lasted just over eight minutes in his last game, giving up three goals on four shots en route to a 4-2 loss in Minnesota. The NHL’s leader in career wins (630) and shutouts (116) has given up 12 goals in his last three starts, including six in a loss against Colorado.
“They were tough starts. Not that I didn’t play well but the puck didn’t hit me and it went in and we got behind the eight ball early,” Brodeur said. “In one, I stayed in, and in one, they made a good move taking me out and we got back into the game.
“There’s games like that. Throughout my career, I can pinpoint tons of them where that happened. I don’t have many years left so hopefully that won’t happen again but I can’t promise that either.”
Brodeur entered Tuesday’s game with five wins and seven losses this season, a goals against average of 3.31, no shutouts and an .879 save percentage. Stats nowhere near his career averages of 2.23 and .913.