The 42-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he’s free to sign wherever he pleases starting Tuesday at noon ET when NHL free agency opens. It’s unclear what kind of offers Brodeur might have waiting for him, but he’s eager and excited to hit the open market.
“I’m excited and intrigued to see some of the options (that) will be laid out in front of me,” Brodeur told ESPN.com on Monday. “It’s something that’s new to me; it’s going to be fun.”
It will be interesting to see what’s out there for Brodeur. His career is just about over at this point, and he’s almost certainly not going to sign anywhere as the No. 1 goalie. Brodeur might be a good option for a team looking for a backup goalie, and he sounds open to just about any situation.
“It depends on the opportunity,” Brodeur told ESPN.com. “I’m pretty open-minded about this. For me, this is a year that’s going to be a challenge for me regardless of where I land because it’ll be a new (role). It’s something where I think I’m just going to really enjoy the game and not worry about carrying a team. I’m just going to be a piece of the puzzle for a team, hopefully.”
One team that’s already been connected to Brodeur is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Team president Brendan Shanahan confirmed the Leafs’ interest over the weekend, but it’s still unknown how much they actually have in Brodeur.
Brodeur appeared in 39 games last season for the Devils, posting a 19-14-6 record, .901 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average.