NHL notes: Hockey passion still burns in Brodeur

The Ottawa Senators took on the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa January 2, 2012....

The Ottawa Senators took on the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa January 2, 2012. New Jersey Devil Martin Brodeur making a save Monday night in Ottawa. The Senators defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

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It seems fingers have been pointed in every which direction in New Jersey this season.

The Devils’ first-to-almost-worst run even had some boo birds calling for NHL legend Martin Brodeur’s retirement.

“I had a fun year,” Brodeur told the New Jersey Bergen Record. “I felt really good playing again. I’m just looking forward to playing a full season next year and see what that’s going to bring us.”

In an injury-plagued season that saw the four-time Vezina Trophy winner play in just over half of New Jersey's games, Brodeur put in his worst season save percentage-wise (.900) since 1993-94.

“But I haven’t changed my mind,” Broduer said of seeing out the final season of a two-year, $9 million contract he signed before the lockout.

“I still have that passion to play the game.”

BERTUZZI'S RETURN

The Detroit Red Wings might be getting veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi back on Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

"Bert is close," general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

If Bertuzzi is not back against the Kings, he may suit up for Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators.

The 38-year-old has been dealing with back problems and nerve pain in his right leg after leaving a Feb. 7 game at St. Louis.

With three regular-season game to go, the Wings remain a point out of the final Western Conference playoff spot, a point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

BRIEFLY

After missing Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks defenceman Jason Demers will miss a third straight game Wednesday in Phoenix with a sprained left ankle, according to CSN Bay Area … Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen will miss the final week of the season with a fractured right foot, the Flyers announced Tuesday … The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenceman Mathieu Roy, 29, to an NHL contract for the remaining three games of the season, Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Roy, who was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2003, bounced around in the AHL before moving to Hamburg of the German Elite League last year … The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed 23-year-old winger Matt Calvert to a two-year, $1.975 million one-way extension, according to RDS … Winnipeg Jets centre Kyle Wellwood will be out “long-term” with a hand injury suffered Monday night in Buffalo, Jets head coach Claude Noel said.


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