Martin Brodeur has talked about the possibility of retirement a fair amount over the course of the season and the New Jersey Devils’ playoff run. Now, as New Jersey gets ready for the Stanley Cup finals, Brodeur still isn’t sure what he’ll do if they win, although he seems to be leaning heavily towards playing in 2012-13.
“I can’t say no, but I doubt it,” Brodeur said of the possibility of retiring if the Devils win the Stanley Cup. “I’m really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens in this series, I think we made a great step last year at the end of the year and through this year to have a really good team and a good coaching staff together and it’s fun. To me, it’s all about having fun coming to the rink.”
The idea of ending a career with the raising of the Stanley Cup is an appealing one from the outside looking in, but that’s not Brodeur’s only consideration.
“I know a lot of people say it’s great to retire on top, but at the end of the day, when I’m going to say it’s over, it’s over, I’m not going to come back,” Brodeur said.
Of course, we could name a few star players that attempted to stage a comeback after retiring – some successfully. Perhaps thinking about that, Brodeur added, “Hopefully, we won’t have to replay that tape (laughing). I want to make sure I make the right decision. Right now I’m leaning toward coming back. We’ll see.”
His more immediate concern is getting ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, which will also be his 200th career postseason contest.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.