Martin Brodeur remains an unsigned free agent, but the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts is still hoping to play one more season.
“I'm still looking for the right fit, and the right fit might not come this summer, it might come later on in the fall,” Brodeur told Yahoo Sports.
Brodeur went 19-14-6 with the New Jersey Devils last season, posting a career-worst .901 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against-average in his 20th NHL campaign.
The 42-year-old split time last season with Cory Schneider, who has since signed a seven-year, $42 million extension to become New Jersey’s long-term No.1. The Devils also signed veteran free agent Scott Clemmensen to a one-year deal with the hope that either he or Keith Kinkaid will serve as Schneider’s backup.
In other words, if Brodeur is to play in 2014-15, it won’t be for the team that selected him 20th overall in the 1990 NHL Draft.
Instead, Brodeur remains hopeful that he can join a contender and make a run for a fourth Stanley Cup ring. The problem that Brodeur and his agent Pat Brisson are finding is that few teams are in the market for a goaltender.
According to Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti of The Record, the Maple Leafs, Lightning and Penguins were among the teams that expressed interest in Brodeur prior to July 1.
The Lightning went on to sign Evgeni Nabokov to serve as Ben Bishop’s backup, while the Penguins agreed to terms with Thomas Greiss, who will play behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Toronto remains committed, for now, to Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer.
Joining a new team at the end of training camp is not uncommon for veteran goalies. Recent examples include Jose Theodore signing with the Minnesota Wild in Oct. 2010, and Tim Thomas joining the Florida Panthers in Sept. 2013.
In addition to Brodeur, former Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun, 38, is also an unsigned UFA hoping to play at least one more season in the NHL.