When I think of the greatest goalies in National Hockey League history, the first two names that come to mind right away are Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. Brodeur is now 40 years old and is playing his 20th season for the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur has showed longevity to the extreme but I think we may be seeing the end of the run for him.
Brodeur is putting up good numbers this season so far with a 6-2-2 record with a goals against average of 2.36. You can’t ask for much more out of a player who has played in the league as long as Brodeur has. The funny part about New Jersey is that they have no young goalie on the roster right now with Brodeur’s backup being Johan Hedberg, who is 39 years old. Those two may go retire together after this season at their advanced hockey ages. The Devils really need to get a goalie in line to take over for Brodeur and be mentored before retirement hits or the team could be in major trouble.
It has been an amazing run by Brodeur with 662 career wins while giving up a little more than two goals per game. Brodeur will be in the Hall of Fame as soon as it is possible after he retires because he is probably the greatest goalie of all-time in the NHL. That is high praise with all the greats that have come through the game. I always thought that Roy would be No. 1 on the list but Brodeur has passed him along the way. It won’t be too long before Brodeur goes off into the sunset so New Jersey should enjoy Brodeur’s final days.