Thank the lord it didn’t happen. It just wouldn’t have been right.

It’s never fun to see a player that’s synonymous with a single team leave at the very end of his career for one more kick-at-the-can in another. It just never looks right.

Today Martin Brodeur signed a two-year, nine million dollar contract with the New Jersey Devils, which means his entire career will have been spent as a member of one organization – admirable, awesome. He’s won three Stanley Cups there, and has amassed the greatest stats of any goaltender in NHL history. You can debate who’s the best of all-time, but statistically, it’s this big Devil.

His agent Pat Brisson had this to say about his signing today (from USA Today’s live blog):

“Most teams were a bit surprised when Marty hit the market yesterday,” said his agent, Pat Brisson. “If they had more time to prepare, we might have seen a lot more teams ready to offer (Marty), arguably one of the best goalies of all-time, a two-year deal at higher levels. Having said that, it makes total sense to finish where he started.”

It’s too bad Marty had to hire an agent to get something done with the Devils this year, but at least the process didn’t drag out too long. And even better, at least we don’t have to see him pull on a Chicago Blackhawks or Toronto Maple Leafs sweater next season and feel incredibly uncomfortable. Everybody wins!

(Except maybe the Devils as his talent deteriorates, but, ahem, let’s celebrate the positives here today.)

Comments (6)

  1. Unused caption: They offered me HOW MUCH?!??!?

  2. im not a devils fan, but i was kind of hoping he’d sign somewhere else. maybe that’d force the devils to come up with some plan for their goaltending for the next 10 years…

  3. Talent? Deteriorate?

    Let’s not lose sight of the fact here that he lead his team to the Prince of Wales trophy here…

  4. While I appreciate that Brodeur wanted to remain a Devil…

    They also re-signed Hedberg, surely they must have the oldest tandem in the league now?

    I’m not well versed in the Devils depth chart but they don’t have anyone in the pipeline like Jacob Markstrom do they?

  5. “Someone pee’d in my water bottle!”

    Well i just started using twitter and had commented on this, but it’s gone – something like:

    “Good for Marty! But you know, finishing your career with the Devils is sure to send you str8 to Hell when you retire. But, better than ending it with the Leafs where you’re sure to be run outta town and have your induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame revoked”.

    Ya, I would have liked to see him come to my poor and always pitiful Leafs, but that would have been a shameful waste of talent. I even thought 3 years for 12M, he got 2 for 9, so i was in the ballpark. He would have really had a great finish in Edmonton, truth be told. But really, Jersey’s ideal for him – grats Marty! Nostrovia!

  6. So happy he didn’t decide to Modano the tail end of his career.

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