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No Room for Brodeur with Habs

Devils' Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur may bring experience and leadership, but the Montreal Canadiens no longer need a mentor for Carey Price. Most would agree that Brodeur is one of the reasons why the New Jersey Devils did not make the playoffs last season. His GAA and SAV % were average in a season where the Devils only allowed an average of 25 shots per game – the best in the NHL.

Brodeur is determined to play one more season with a Stanley Cup contender. It’s possible he won’t find such a team via free agency and will choose to retire. On the off chance that this happens, Brodeur will likely land a job in the Devils’ organization in a front office capacity.

Last season, the future Hall of Famer posted a 19-14-6 record while backing up Devils starter Cory Schneider. He maintained a 2.51 GAA and .901 SAV % in 39 regular season games.

I don’t believe the Habs need to bring in Brodeur. There comes a time when you need to hang up the skates, and as I see it, that time has come for Brodeur. If his experience and leadership were that important, another NHL team would have offered him a contract or tryout by now.

Dustin Tokarski has demonstrated that he can win at all levels. In addition, he delivered a stellar performance against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals last season. Tokarski is not the reason the Habs lost that series. In my opinion, Martin Brodeur would not have made a difference.

If anything, I am open to trading Peter Budaj – giving the back-up role to Tokarski.

What are your thoughts Habs fans?

  • Do we trade Peter Budaj or keep him as Price’s back-up?
  • Do we trade Dustin Tokarski or keep him as Price’s back-up?
  • Do we send Tokarski back to the AHL – Would another team claim him off waivers?
  • Do we sign Martin Brodeur to back-up Price?

One thing is certain – GM Marc Bergevin will need to make a decision sooner or later.

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