Bruins Targeting Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur, arguably the most renowned goalie in the NHL for the past decade or so, may want to dawn the Black and Gold next season, who sit among other choice that will likely find themselves in Stanley Cup contention.
The 42-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent when July 1 comes around.
Among the interested teams in Brodeur: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh & Toronto. Brodeur wants to go to a contender.
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The future Hall-of-Famer totaled a .901 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average in 39 games played, numbers that aren’t exceptional, albeit the Devils didn’t play like a top-tier team.
In the end, it’s difficult to say that Brodeur coming to Boston is imminent. His desire to be a part of a winning squad obviously will put the Bruins high on his list. Considering rough state of the B’s salary cap, though, Peter Chiarelli would have to make the goaltender take a solid pay cut.
According to Cap Geek, the New Jersey veteran raked in $5 million last season, maintaing a cap hit of $4.5 million. The Bruins have a $1.67 million in budget right now. Even if that number gets hiked up a few million from cutting players loose, acquiring a second-string goaltender probably isn’t the biggest priority for Chiarelli.
After all, Chad Johnson, who spent the majority of his time in the AHL, ended up working out in 2013-14.
But while some may assert that Brodeur won’t enjoy a role as a back-up (which is where he would be to start), he recently put his age and durability into an even-keel perspective. Clearly, he wants to end his career as a Stanley Cup champion.
“If I get a job as a No. 1, I think I’m able to handle the workload of 50 to 60 games,” Martin Brodeur said, via Canada’s Sportsnet. “If I don’t, and I get a backup job on a team I feel has a chance to win the Stanley Cup, anything between 20 to 30 games I’d be comfortable with in the right situation.”