Originally written on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 10/22/14

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 20: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on January 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Panthers 2-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    This is a short but simple letter but here it goes.... =========================================== Dear New Jersey Devils: Simply it is time. The year is 2012 no matter how much the NHL and certain fans want to say it is not. It all comes full circle for Martin Brodeur, who probably never expected to be this close once again. Though in his heart of hearts he probably believed it. The Devils are one year removed from the worst season in over two decades. This is why this playoff run is so special because unlike the team across the river, New Jersey has been in two elimination overtime games and survived both. Everyone likes to talk about that other team and their ability to bounce back but how about New Jersey? Better yet, why not New Jersey? It has been a ride that has not been easy on the fans or their stomachs. Even the media and players have felt it. This Devils team is a "team" in every sense of the word. You have gone to the wall and done the unexpected....
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