Veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur is prepared to test the free-agent market this summer and leave the New Jersey Devils.
The 42-year-old goalie hasn’t ruled out returning to the Devils, but his return appears unlikely, ESPN reported Friday.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m definitely going to be available July 1,” Brodeur told ESPN.com. “I want to play one more season and I want to see what’s out there.
“I’ve had a lot of good conversations with the Devils, but I’m not inclined at going back at this point. I just feel that with Schneids (goalie Cory Schneider) the organization has to move on. Me being around might be tough a little bit for them.
“I don’t completely put it out of the question, but I don’t want to mess up the cards for the Devils. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where I go next, I’m always going to be a Devil. I’m always going to come back to the organization. But I want to play one more year. So I’ll see what’s out there.”
Brodeur is the winningest goalie in NHL history with 688 victories. His accomplishments include three Stanley Cups, four Vezina Trophies, the Calder Trophy and a number of NHL records in more than 21 seasons.
Brodeur’s contract with the Devils expires June 30. He made $5 million this past season.
In 39 games, Brodeur 19-14-6 record with a .901 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average.
“I’ve got to see what the opportunities are. I’m not going to go somewhere where I don’t feel comfortable,” he told ESPN. “If I go somewhere as a No. 2 goalie, it’s going to be a team that has a really good chance to win a Stanley Cup. If I go for a No. 1 job, it’s going to depend on the situation. I think there are teams that can use me.”