Stanley Cup Final: Win or Lose, Martin Brodeur is Not Retiring

By Steve Palumbo

The speculation of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur retiring if he wins his fourth Stanley Cup have started to percolate like a tea kettle heating up on the stove.

Well, I’m here to tell you that if you have any doubt the legendary netminder will be back between the pipes next season  you can stash it all away for now. Marty will be back.

Inevitably people are going to question Brodeur’s future and impending retirement, especially if the he wins another Cup. Afterall, Ken Daneyko went out on top. It would make sense that Brodeur would follow suit. It’s only natural, right?.

Brodeur just turned 40. He owns almost every goaltending record in the NHL and another Cup will tie his with his childhood idol and fellow legend Patrick Roy. Truth be told, there isn’t much left for Brodeur to play for. Or is there? What about good old fashioned fun?

I think many of us are putting too much stock in the records and accolades without remembering that hockey is a sport and sports by nature are fun. If you’re having fun, then why on Earth would you stop playing if physically capable?

Why would winning another Cup make it that much easier for Brodeur to walk away? If anything wouldn’t it make coming back next year that much more exciting?

When asked about retiring the future Hall of Famer had this to say, “I can’t say no, but I doubt it.”

“I’m really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens in this series, I think we made a great step last year at the end of the year and through this year to have a really good team and a good coaching staff together and it’s fun. To me, it’s all about having fun coming to the rink.”

Those are not exactly the words of a guy that’s ready to pack up his gear and head home for good. Plus a player of Brodeur’s statue and with his resume deserves to be honored on his way out like those that have come before him.

If and when he decides to walk away he should be showered with the gifts and praise that come with the typical farewell tour of a true sports giant. I think he’s done enough to deserve that much at the very least. That is the only fitting way for Martin Brodeur to end his career – on his terms.

Winning another Stanley Cup is just another feather in his cap, not the end of it. So don’t fret, Brodeur will be back in 2012-13 win or lose.  That is unless a work stoppage get’s in the way. Otherwise that’s the only way he’s not coming back. Even then, I doubt that will stop him.

Get a grip folks. Didn’t you hear? – 40 is the new 30 and Brodeur is not retiring. He will be back for at least one more season and we are lucky to be part of it.

“I know a lot of people say it’s great to retire on top, but at the end of the day, when I’m going to say it’s over, it’s over, I’m not going to come back.”

Spoken like a true winner Marty.

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