Originally written May 27, 2012 on centericechat.com:
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With the thought of the New Jersey Devils hoisting another Stanley Cup looking like a possibility more so than ever s nice advancing to the finals, the future of goaltender Martin Brodeur resurfaces. The Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo are in communication about what to do next season as far as where he plays. If the cards fall into place, the New Jersey Devils may be another team to add to the list. The old-age tradition of retiring on top is the prevalent point being made for Brodeur. It materialized for Marc Recchi last year, and Jacques Lemaire in 1979 and Ray Bourque in 2011, to name a few. Now, if Brodeur does go out on top, in the event the Devils win — or even if they don’t — this year we’ll look to see if he hangs up the pads for good. And, as a result, the Devils will need to look for a new man in the crease. Should Roberto Luongo be that man? He’s been mentioned as a possibility for arguably goalie-hungry teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks. But the Devils may be starving for a proven veteran if they lose Brodeur to retirement. The potential for a Luongo deal is still out there, but there’s been an apparent lapse of communication between wants and needs for the team and Luongo. From GM Mike Gillis via the Vancouver Sun:
“We haven’t come to the conclusion yet what’s in the best interests of the team and Roberto is going to be part of the process. I talked to him again last week to see how he was feeling and we’re going to start moving ahead now that we’ve cleared up some other issues. We’ll start looking at where we want to go with this situation and others.”
While the Devils obviously have better things to worry about at the moment, you have to imagine that New Jersey, a stories rebound team from this season, could possibly be in the discussion with Luongo and Gillis. But in the end, these next four to seven games could unfold a few answers about the future of Luongo and Brodeur. Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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