For NHL goalies, there isn’t a better reference.
New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur on Wednesday told TSN 1050 which puckstoppers Team Canada should have playing between the pipes at the Olympics in Sochi come February.
“It’s kind of a funny year with some of the starts of some of the goalies, but I said it this summer: I think it’s (Roberto) Luongo’s job to lose,” Brodeur said. “I think he’s having a decent season so far and I think he should be the one who has a chance to start the tournament.
“Again, like me in Vancouver (at the 2010 Olympics), it’s going to be his job to lose.
The 41-year-old Brodeur started the first three games of Canada’s 2010 Olympic campaign before being yanked in favour of Luongo, who finished the tournament in net.
Thought to be in contention for 2014 alongside Luongo are Chicago’s Corey Crawford, Washington’s Braden Holtby, Montreal’s Carey Price and Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes.
All five were named to Canada's Olympic Orientation roster in August.
“I like Mike Smith, the way he plays the game,” Brodeur said. “Carey Price is probably going to be my second goalie if I had to pick. So there’s my three right there – Luongo, Smith and Carey Price.”
Asked how he’s transitioning away from being the No. 1 in New Jersey, Brodeur talked about the learning curve involved as he approaches the end of his career.
“It has been different,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that. Cory (Schneider) has played well. But we haven’t gotten the results that everybody is looking for in New Jersey. We’ve been doing a little better lately but it has been an adjustment for me.”
Brodeur is currently in the final year of a two-year, $9 million extension he inked with the Devils in 2012.
Through six games this season, he’s 2-2-2 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .879 save percentage.
“A couple of years ago I was close to thinking about stopping,” Brodeur told TSN. “We had that great run (to the Stanley Cup final in 2012) and I got the love of the game back. For the last few years it has been a lot of fun. Not just for me, but for my family.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to do it for, but this is something that I’m really enjoying every day going to the rink … If anybody wants me, I’ll be there.”