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Martin Brodeur: Hot Stove Player of the Week

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 17:  Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks at the Prudential Center on March 17, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 for Brodeur's 552nd victory making him the NHL's all time leader.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2016

This was a week of records being broken, World Baseball Classic excitement and drinking until you turned green on St. Patrick’s Day, but it may have all been overshadowed by the weirdness that is Alex Rodriguez.

Pictures were released of him pretty much making out with himself and rolling around on a mattress. Did he finally sweep himself off his feet? What’s next? Cloning? Maybe he got divorced so he can marry himself. He’s just getting more and more bizarre. “What was he thinking?” and “A-Rod” go to together like peanut butter and jelly these days.

This week’s Hot Stove Player of the Week, Martin Brodeur, has turned down his prize: “I don’t need a prize. Just working and living in New Jersey is an award in and of itself.”

Winner

Martin Brodeur: The Devils goalie tied Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record on Saturday in his hometown of Montreal and then broke it in New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Next up is the all-time shutouts record, currently held by Terry Sawchuk, though it may have to come with an asterisk - Brodeur has been using performance enhancing equipment: a mask and pads as big as a billboard to protect him.

Maybe Brodeur should go mask-less in honor of his predecessor when he attempts to break the record. In any case, when Brodeur’s career is over, he’ll be on the Mount Rushmore of NHL goalies.

Runners Up

Nik Antropov: The new giant Ranger scored a goal in each of the Rangers games this week (two wins, one loss). So far, so good on that trade.

Sean Avery: The ultimate agitator has been a godsend for the Rangers. He led them to a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Sunday with two power play goals, scored one the previous day and really, really gets on his opponents’ nerves.

Patrik Elias: Elias had a goal and three assists this week, and broke a record as well- passing John MacLean as New Jersey’s all-time leading scorer.

David Wright: The Mets third baseman saved Team USA with a walk-off single to beat Puerto Rico. Does that make him an American hero?

Schmuck of the Week

Sean Williams: The Nets big man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after going berserk at a cell-phone store, where he argued with a clerk, picked up a computer monitor and smashed it.

We all suffer from tech rage once in a while, but that’s going a little too far. The Nets suspended him for two games, but also grounded him - no PlayStation for a month.

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