Just when everyone thought that New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was going to announce his retirement, he surprised us all by announcing that he would be testing free agency instead.
According to Brodeur’s agent, there are about six teams interested in signing the veteran goaltender. One of these teams is the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bringing one of the best goalies of all time to play for the Penguins is a fun idea, but it would also be risky and at this point highly unlikely. The Penguins already have two goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff. The Penguins also have another goalie, Tomas Vokoun, but he is an unrestricted free agent who is on his way out.
Due to Fleury’s past playoff performances, the topic of whether or not he should be kept around has been controversial. But Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has already stated that he likes Fleury and wants him to continue playing with the Penguins.
How Rutherford feels about Zatkoff is a completely different story. During Zatkoff’s NHL debut, he played a total of 20 games but only won 12 of them. Rutherford might be wanting to get rid of Zatkoff, but replacing him with Brodeur wouldn’t be the smartest move regarding the Penguins’ future. Fleury needs a reliable backup, not a backup who will probably retire after this upcoming season. If the Penguins did get rid of Zatkoff to sign Brodeur, then they would have to start all over again on the backup goalie search once Brodeur does retire.
Another issue with signing Brodeur would be the salary cap. While Rutherford has already made moves to clear up cap space, Brodeur won’t come at a cheap price. The uncertainty of Brodeur’s performance is another thing to consider. He keeps racking up records, but he has also played significantly worse over the past four seasons.
Signing Brodeur is a fun idea to entertain. I mean, who wouldn’t want a 688-game winning goalie on their team? It just isn’t the best option for the Penguins in the long run.