New Jersey Devils
Have we seen Martin Brodeur’s last game as a New Jersey Devil?
That seems a very likely possibility after the 41-year-old netminder was yanked from Monday night’s game against the Florida Panthers after he gave up three goals on nine shots.
After the game, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer called the move a “wake-up call” for his team, and the decision had the desired effect.
Cory Schneider, sent out to replace Brodeur in net, stopped all 13 shots faced from Florida in route to the Devils’ 6-3 win, an absolutely vital victory to keep the Devils’ playoff chances alive.
New Jersey trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by just three points for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.
Considering the two goaltenders’ play this season, it is not hard to imagine who will be between the pipes for the remainder of the season in New Jersey.
Brodeur, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, will go down as one of the team’s greats and one of the best goaltenders in NHL history. But his time in New Jersey appears to be done, as we were all reminded Monday night when the boo birds appeared in Newark’s Prudential Center.