NHL Free Agency: Chicago Blackhawks Should Not Sign Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur has spent the last two decades stopping pucks for the New Jersey Devils. While in New Jersey, Brodeur has broken just about every goaltending record in the book and won three Stanley Cups. The problem in his eyes is his career is winding down and his team is not thought of as being in contention for a Stanley Cup. At his age of 43, Brodeur is looking for one more shot to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. As many as six teams have expressed interest in the aging goaltender, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks.
While the Penguins, Bruins and Maple Leafs could use Brodeur, even as a backup, the Blackhawks are in no need of goaltending. The Hawks just re-signed backup goaltender Antti Raanta, who proved he can play at a high level, to a two-year extension. They also have one of the best goaltenders in the league in Corey Crawford. No matter what fans may say, Crawford has a 2.36 goals against average and two Stanley Cups. The Hawks have two experienced goaltenders, so adding Brodeur would be a waste of salary cap. The Blackhawks do not have cap room to spare, as they have to sign their two stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, both of whom asked for $12 million per year.
Stan Bowman does not need to pull a publicity stunt and bring Brodeur to Chicago. The Hawks’ front office has made the right decisions that turned this organization into cup contenders year after year. Brodeur can spend his time chasing a fourth Stanley Cup in a different city. I truly am a fan of Brodeur and respect the work he has done over the last 20 seasons, but his career is almost over and he would just eat cap space to sit on the bench. There is no dire need for him in Chicago.