SIMMONS: Brodeur would be an interesting add for Leafs

Legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur is a free agent. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur is a free agent. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

The Maple Leafs apparent interest in Martin Brodeur is indeed curious.

That is, unless Brodeur is willing to sign a contract in the $1-million range — and he has not played for that kind of money is almost two decades.

The Leafs, like a lot of NHL teams, have salary cap issues and can’t afford to be throwing money away, even if happens to be on a legend, in this case a backup goaltender. Jonathan Bernier will start next season; James Reimer will likely be traded and the Leafs will need a veteran goalie.

But when you’re lacking in as many areas as Leafs need to address — they have 11 players to sign and probably less than $20 million to spend — it means every dollar matters. The Leafs needs include a top-six forward, a top-four defenceman, a brand-new third line and depth players of consequence.


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