Is Martin Brodeur heading to the Montreal Canadiens?
– Longtime netminder and future Hall-of Fame Martin Brodeur said on Thursday that if the Montreal Canadiens were interested he would certainly listen. Brodeur indicated to the QMI agency he would be interested in joining the Montreal Canadiens to complete his career and back up no.1 goaltender Carey Price.
“If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me,” the Montreal native mentioned to the QMI agency.
“This is Carey Price’s team. I would definitely still want to be the No. 1 goalie, but it wouldn’t bother me to play in only 20 to 25 games during the season if I know I’ll have fun playing within a winning team.”
Brodeur has indicated he would join a team that has a chance at winning the Stanley Cup and Montreal with their recent surge in last year’s playoff fall in that category. Knowing full well it is Carey Price’s net, Brodeur could easily serve as a mentor to the star goalie while playing at home in front of family and fans for one last time.
A veteran of 21 seasons in the NHL, all with the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur compiled a decent record at 19-14-6 last season with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist became a free agent on July 1 after playing out a two-year, $9 million contract.
But for Montreal it is not that easy. With the recent performance of Dustin Tokarski in the playoffs against the Rangers, the Habs find themselves in a very good position having Peter Budaj under contract, Tokarski and waiting in the wings, QJMHL goalie prospect Zachary Fucale. It is true that hiring Brodeur would mean a terrific marketing hit watching a future Hall-of Famer still perform to a an acceptable like Brodeur can still do.
David Krejci is staying in Boston
Star forward David Krejci of the Boston Bruins has signed a six year contract extension 43.5 million dollars. The deal signed last Thursday will allow Krejci to spend potentially all his career with the Bruins. The deal is broken as such: 7.25 million for the first two years, 7.5 million for the third and fourth year and finally 7 million for the fifth year and 7.5 million for his final year. His cap hit, the biggest on the Boston bruins is set at 7.25 million a year.
Set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, Krejci recorded 19 goals and 50 assists in 80 games played with the Bruins in 2013-2014. He was on a final three year deal worth 15.75 million, a deal he signed in 2012-2013. Krejci is seen as the main pivot for the Boston Bruins. Drafted 63rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Krejci had a Jarome Iginla as a winger last year along with Milan Lucic.
His best year came in 2008-2009 where he scored 22 goals with 51 assists for 73 points. A Stanley Cup winner with the Bruins in 2011, Krejci is looking forward to rebound from a bismal playoff performance in 2013-2014. He represented his country in two Winter Olympic games (2010-2014) and two World Championships winning the bronze medal in 2012 with his country the Czech Republic.
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