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Denis Brodeur

Denis Brodeur, legendary photographer and Martin’s father, dies at 82


Denis Brodeur, the father of future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, has died at the age of 82.

Denis may be famous for being Martin’s father, but his own career as a sports photographer made him a legend in his own right. As Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shares, after playing as a goalie in the 1950s, Denis’ photography became his legacy.

After his playing career, Denis went on to become an accomplished sports photographer, working for the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Expos. In 2006, the NHL purchased much of Denis Brodeur’s photography portfolio—more than 110,000 photos covering 40 years of hockey. Denis kept all his photos of his son, though.

Martin will miss tonight’s preseason game against Philadelphia as he flew home this afternoon to be with his father before he passed. Denis was a member of the 1956 Canadian Olympic team that won bronze at the Cortina D’Ampezzo games in Italy.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello offered this statement on Denis’ passing:

“The entire New Jersey Devils organization is tremendously saddened by the loss of Denis Brodeur, Sr.” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement released by the team. “The Brodeurs have been part of the Devils’ family for over 23 years. Denis proudly dedicated his life, on and off the ice, to the game of hockey and for that he will be fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers, right now, are with Martin and his family. We ask that you respect the privacy of Martin and his family at this time.”

Lamoriello ‘hopeful’ to re-sign Henrique soon

Adam Henrique

New Jersey signing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal isn’t the last piece of business they’ve got to take care of this summer.

Restricted free agent Adam Henrique needs a new deal still and GM Lou Lamoriello is trying hard to get it done as he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

Lamoriello, asked about restricted free agent Adam Henrique, said there were no updates “at this point but we certainly are hopeful. We’ll do everything we can.”

That doesn’t exactly sound encouraging for New Jersey.

Henrique is the Devils’ only remaining RFA and he’s coming off of his entry-level deal, one that came with a cap hit of just over $850,000 per year. He’s coming off a season that saw him score 11 goals with five assists in 42 games.

His first full NHL season two years ago saw him score 51 points and become a playoff folk hero scoring the overtime goal to eliminate the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals. He’s due for a raise, but the team and player are likely haggling over just how much that is.

Lamoriello insists Brodeur is still a No. 1 goalie

Lou Lamoriello

NEWARK — When the New Jersey Devils traded for Cory Schneider this afternoon, the first question asked was: What about Martin Brodeur?

Well, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is standing by the face of his franchise.

“Marty is still a number one goalie,” he said about the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer.

What about Schneider? Lou’s a big fan as well.

“I think we’re getting a goaltender not only of the present but of the future. Certainly Marty is at a point where he can’t play the way he played, as far as the number of games he played,” he explained.

“This young man has proven to be a No. 1 goaltender. We feel great about it. I’ve spoken to him and he’s just excited to come here and work with Marty.”

When it came to making his decision to deal for Schneider, Lamoriello made it very plain.

“This is something we were able to do. This was something in the best interest of our franchise and we made a decision to do it.”

Oddly enough, Lamoriello says he hasn’t had a chance to talk with Brodeur as he was busy working on the floor at the draft.

With Brodeur and Schneider set to battle for time in goal next season, it brings up the possibility of Schneider pushing Brodeur to be even better in goal.

Lamoriello says that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

“If you know Marty, Marty doesn’t need anyone to push him. Marty doesn’t compete against anyone. He competes against himself,” he said. “He’s an elite athlete with tremendous pride. A team player. I don’t want to go over Marty looking over his shoulder. He’s a tremendous professional. He’ll help Cory out as much as possible.”

As for veteran backup Johan Hedberg, Lamoriello said he’ll sit down with him and discuss their future. He has one year left on his deal with New Jersey and a $1.4 million cap hit.

At 28 years-old, the question here is whether Schneider actually needs more help at this point in his career. The Devils may not think they have issues in goal now, but they’re going to have a lot more questions moving ahead.

Brodeur talks NHL 14 and New Jersey’s future

Martin Brodeur - NHL 14

NEWARK — Martin Brodeur’s career has seen more than its fair share of highlights and achievements. Him winning the vote to be on the cover for EA Sports’ NHL 14 might now rank as high as winning the Stanley Cup, but he’s proud of what it took for him to earn the honor.

“It makes me feel important to a certain extent. They went to the extreme to try and get me on [the cover]. Especially the hockey fans in general. My organization really helped me out with social media.”

Yeah, the social media aspect. The New Jersey Devils are strict about not having players use Twitter during the season. You’ll be happy to know even a future Hall of Famer like Brodeur had to ask

“I had to ask permission [to use Twitter]. It’s not something we don’t allow in our organization. For that I asked permission and they gladly did.”

Brodeur is the face of the New Jersey Devils and with that the guy who best represents hockey in the state. With questions about the financial future of the team coming up lately, he’s proud of how things are going with the fans in the area.

“I think it’s great,” he says. “From what we experienced here last year with the Cup run and Stanley Cup Final being here to now the draft, I think fans and people who work around the game are starting to appreciate a bit more what we have in New Jersey.”

As for GM Lou Lamoriello’s job this summer to help re-shape the Devils, Brodeur knows the team’s financial questions need to be solved to help take care of business.

“He’s going to be busy, there’s no doubt. We have a lot of guys to sign. I think that ownership is getting back on track and I think that’s probably the thing why we’re stalling on not signing certain guys. Whenever they give us the opportunity we’ll go ahead and get it done.

“I have a lot faith like every year Lou and his people to make us a competitive team.”

Kovalchuk to miss 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk’s shoulder injury he suffered last night could’ve put a serious damper on New Jersey’s playoff hopes. Instead, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says he’ll miss anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

“It could be two (weeks), could be four, could be less, certainly not more,” Lamoriello said.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports the Russian winger’s X-Ray came out negative and he’ll get an MRI to gauge if there’s any further damage. New Jersey acquiring Matt D’Agostini from St. Louis last week now looks even more prescient with Kovalchuk going down. Perhaps the real key for the Devils offense while he’s out will be more goals from that Martin Brodeur guy.

New Jersey is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and four points up on the Rangers and Hurricanes who are tied for eighth. Kovalchuk is second on the team in points behind Patrik Elias.