As much respect as I have for Martin Brodeur, he overplayed his hand here. He could probably have eked out a couple more seasons at a generous wage from the Devils if he’d accepted the backup role, but his insistence that he wanted to start made it easy on Lou Lamoriello to part ways with him.
Now he’s without a team, it’s questionable that any organization would take him on with his wilting stats over the last few seasons. Unless he consulted with Roger Clemens and experienced a similar late-career surge in performance, I think he’s done, and the league seems to think the same way.
The Canadiens have a capable backup in Peter Budaj, who posted better numbers than Mr. Brodeur last season. Dustin Tokarski is waiting in the wings, ready to battle for a job in camp.
Even if the Canadiens felt they needed help in nets beyond Carey Price, there are lots of options out there in free agency and on the trade market, more effective or likely ones than Martin Brodeur.
There has been a lot of talk related to Michael Sam about a player being a distraction, and that is exactly what Martin Brodeur would be, at best a curio, at worst a distraction and source of controversy in Montréal. That we’re even discussing this is another indication that we are indeed in the dog days of August, and there is nothing going on that’s newsworthy. So we need to generate discussion.