Martin Brodeur agrees to 2 year contract with the Devils for $9 million

Fear not, Devils fans: Brodeur is back

7/2/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

June 9, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur covers the puck during the third period of game five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIREMartin Brodeur briefly played chicken with the Devils, hiring an agent for the first time in years and intimating that he'd like to test the free agent market.

That lasted less than 24 hours, and saw Brodeur receiving offers from the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Panthers, before he and the Devils agreed to a 2-year deal worth $9M.

Brodeur, the career leader in both wins and shutouts, will likely finish his career in New Jersey, where he was drafted back in 1990.

Brodeur is a surefire Hall of Famer, and will have played his entire career with the Devils, barring a surprising contract after this one is concluded.

It's likely that Brodeur wanted to stay in New Jersey all along, and used the threat of testing the free agent market simply to gain more money from the Devils.

If that's the case, then it was a shrewd move by Brodeur, who ended up with a pretty nice deal, comparable to other deals given to top-level goaltenders.
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