New Jersey Devils: 4 Reason Not to Bring Martin Brodeur Back Next Season

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New Jersey Devils: 4 Reason Not to Bring Martin Brodeur Back Next Season
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There might not be a hockey player out there who's contributed more to his team than Martin Brodeur. Since 1994, the New Jersey Devils have leaned heavily on Brodeur, and he's rewarded them.

Over his career, Brodeur became the first goalie ever to hit 600 wins (he currently has 647), the all-time leader in shutouts and the owner of half of the other goalie records out there.

Unfortunately, though he might not play like it at times, Brodeur is technically mortal. As such, he is destined to age. That's a very disappointing fact for Devils fans.

It appears that the end of Marty's wonderful career is coming to a close: His contract will end after this season, at which point he'll be 40.

And while many fans might be content to let him retire a Devil, as one of the most dominant goalies of all time, indications continue to arise that Brodeur will be looking to return next summer.

Talking to The New York Post, Brodeur had this to say about his future:

I'm having fun. I feel differently about it now than I did last summer, or at the start of the season. It's not 100% but I'm definitely leaning toward coming back next year.

There's a bigger chance now than before. A few people I've spoken to have told me that if you think you still have that little flame, keep it going, because once it's out, it's out.

That is not exactly what a team looking to build for the future wants to hear. That's why, as painful as it is to say, the Devils cannot bring Marty back next season.

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