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Yes, Martin Brodeur is going to retire as the greatest goaltender of all time.
Yes, John Hedberg has been one of the top backups in the league despite his struggles last season in a starting role.
No, the Devils can't rely on them forever, especially after 2013-2014.
Since 2008-2009, Brodeur has only appeared in 70-plus games in a season once. The 41-year-old goaltender has missed time due to injuries in 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, and he relied heavily on Hedberg to help carry the load in 2011-2012.
Hedberg, considered one of the most consistent backups in 2011-2012, struggled last season when he was called on to replace the injured Brodeur in net. Hedberg went 6-10-3 with a GAA of 2.76 in 19 starts and only had three of his wins in regulation.
While New Jersey has three goaltenders that have been in the system for some time, it is unlikely that Scott Wedgewood, Jeff Frazee or Keith Kinkaid will be NHL ready by the time the contracts of Brodeur and Hedberg expire.
Even if they were ready, it does not appear that any of them will reach the level of performance that other goaltenders around the league possess. Enter Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier, whom the Devils should strongly consider taking a look at before the draft.
New Jersey holds the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, and all signs point to the Devils taking an offensive forward to add to their weak system. However, sources report that the Kings have been contacting teams testing the market to see what they can get for their 24-year-old backup.
Bernier went 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA last season in 14 starts and made an appearance in this year's playoffs. The latest rumor is that the Philadelphia Flyers have been contacted about bringing in Bernier, but nothing will be set in stone until the Stanley Cup Final is over.
If I'm Lou Lamoriello, I at least inquire about Bernier's services for next season and beyond. He would bring long-term consistency to the goaltending position and would be an immediate upgrade to the prospects the team has in the system.