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Age is nothing but a number for the most part, but not when it comes to the NHL. Martin Brodeur is 40 and backup goaltender Johan Hedberg is 39. Both goalies were able to produce in net last season, but there is no telling what this season can bring.
With age comes players becoming more prone to injury. If something was to happen to Brodeur, Hedberg isn't a young guy anymore, and he might not be able to fill the void. The Devils must recruit another goalie that they can see taking over the franchise within the next couple of years.
Brodeur is by far one of the best goaltenders that has even played the game, but the time might come soon for Brodeur to hang up his skates. Last season, Brodeur finished with a 31-21 record and a 2.41 GAA. For a near middle-aged man, the numbers aren't bad. However, when his contract is up in two years, it will be up to the Devils to make their next move.
Good goaltending with be essential next season. If they're not up to par, they may have a problem making the postseason.