The New Jersey Devils have plenty to worry about, as far as their roster is concerned, this summer. They have a few key players set to become free agents, and have to improve a roster that was a massive disappointment in 2013 after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals the previous season.
One spot that isn’t necessarily a worry this offseason is the goaltending. Martin Brodeur has another year left on his deal and hasn’t given any indication of otherwise at this point. Even at his advanced age, he showed in 2013 just how important he still is to this franchise.
Brodeur’s numbers on the season were solid. He finished with a .901 save percentage, which isn’t the greatest, but his goals-against average looked much better at 2.22. He’s never been a guy with a particularly high save percentage, though, but has always found ways to win.
Heading into this summer, while he will be back next season, one has to start to wonder about his future beyond that. After all, he just turned 41. For any player, it’s tough to maintain a strong level of play at that age, but especially for a goaltender.
Brodeur, however, hasn’t given off the indication that he is planning on retiring after his contract is up at the end of next year. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. He has hinted that mentally, he’s still there and would be willing to continue playing, so long as the physical side cooperates.
That is going to be the question that will decide Brodeur’s future. Depending on how he performs, and how the Devils perform as a team, we could see him return beyond the 2013-14 season. He’s even open to sharing goaltending duties down the road.
While his age might give off the assumption that this will be his final year, it’s not time to count him out just yet. We could see him coming back next season, and the season after that, and the season after that.