New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur Should Hold off on Retiring

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11:  Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks on after a goal by Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings (not in photo) in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur holds plenty of records. Want me to name a few?

Most wins all time: 656

Most regular-season shutouts: 119

Most 30-win seasons: 13

Most postseason shutouts: 24

Most consecutive opening-night starts with one team: 17

But here's a more fascinating record. Martin Brodeur had an assist on May 6th, becoming the oldest player in NHL history to record a playoff assist on his birthday. Oh, and it was against the rival New York Rangers. Not to mention, he had four assists in the playoffs this year, which broke the record for assists in a single postseason by a goaltender.

What's more impressive? This guy is 40 years old. If Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is smart, he will make sure that Martin Brodeur signs a new contract. 

ESPN's Katie Strang reported that Martin Brodeur wants to take some time off before deciding what he wants to do concerning next season.

If Martin Brodeur doesn't retire, the question would be whether he stays with the Devils. Most likely yes. The New Jersey Devils were with him during his entire NHL career. It's the franchise that has stuck behind him, and he won three Stanley Cups with the boys in red and black. 

When asked whether or not he would consider going to another team, Brodeur said, "I don't see myself at all doing that. But again, I think circumstances is out of my hands. You never know, I guess. I don't want to. It definitely would have to be something really weird that I'm going to do that." 

Brodeur just had one of the most successful postseasons of his career, and the Devils were only two wins away from waving Lord Stanley's Cup proudly above their heads.

Age is nothing but a number for Martin Brodeur. His passion for the game is notable on and off the ice, and he seems to still have some more energy in him for another Stanley Cup run.