NHL Free-Agent Signings 2012: How Martin Brodeur Deal Affects NJ Devils

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09:  Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils tends goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Martin Brodeur has reportedly just re-signed with the New Jersey Devils on a two-year, $9 million contract. The 40-year-old goaltender has played his entire career with the organization and will likely retire with the Devils after this deal is up.

Despite his age, Marty is still one of the best keepers in the NHL. That is evidenced by the way he helped lead the team to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Brodeur is a rock between the pipes, and his steady presence will help the Devils in plenty of ways—starting with their offseason acquisitions and hopefully ending with another championship in N.J. Let’s take a closer look.


Devils Will Re-Sign Zach Parise

Now that Brodeur is locked down, GM Lou Lamoriello can concentrate on hammering out a new deal for incumbent captain Zach Parise.

The American-born forward is currently testing the waters of unrestricted free agency, but he has yet to sign with a new franchise or tell the Devils he will return.

He’s received plenty of offers, but Parise may just decide to return to the Garden State now that some of the pieces are in place for another Stanley Cup run.


Devils Will Sign Another Impact Free Agent

Should N.J. be able to ink Parise soon, they could easily attract a number of impactful, low-cost veteran free agents who are hoping to hoist the Cup before they retire.

It seems that, every year, an aging star decides to hitch onto an enticing team that has a chance at a championship and makes a huge difference during the playoff run.

The Devils could definitely use a guy like that in 2012-13, and it should be easy to land one with Parise and Brodeur on the books.


Devils Will Win Stanley Cup

If N.J. can get Marty, Parise and some solid free agents on the ice for next season, there is no doubt they will be back in the postseason.

Head coach Peter DeBoer has proven that he knows a winning formula for playoff hockey, and an upgraded roster would only help his chances of getting the Devils back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

If they don’t run into a historically good opponent, they should have no problem winning it all next season.