Brodeur staying ‘patient,’ willing to wait for team to ‘develop a need’


It sounds as if Martin Brodeur is banking on an injury, or some other unforeseen circumstance, to open the door to signing with an NHL team.

“We knew all along we would have to be patient,” Brodeur’s agent, Pat Brisson, told Thursday. “Marty is prepared to wait this out, knowing that at some point a team may very well develop a need. Marty is in a good place. It’s not like he’s phoning me every 10 minutes. He’s going to be patient.”

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun references Edmonton’s poor goaltending at the start of last season that prompted the Oilers to sign Ilya Bryzgalov as an example of what Brodeur may be waiting for.

Obviously, that sort of wait-and-see strategy makes it impossible to predict where, if anywhere, the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer might land. But chances are, whether by injury or poor play, goaltending is going to be an issue for at least one team come October and November. At which point, cue the Brodeur speculation.

As for those Canadiens rumors, Brisson said that there’s “nothing going on right now when it comes to Montreal.”