Certainly the B’s front office has a great deal of respect for free agent goaltender Martin Brodeur, but the B’s also don’t have any interest in the 42-year-old future Hall of Fame goaltender. A report had surfaced from TVA that the Bruins, Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins were among the teams interested in Brodeur, who is a legend that limped to a 2.51 goals against average and .901 save percentage with the New Jersey Devils last season.
Among the interested teams in Brodeur: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh & Toronto. Brodeur wants to go to a contender.— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 28, 2014
A Bruins source confirmed to CSNNE.com that the Bruins weren’t a suitor for the services for Brodeur, who would seem to be a perfect fit for a team like the Maple Leafs, Canucks or the Penguins. The cap-strapped Black and Gold signed 23-year-old Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg to a $600,000 one-way contract last week, and he will serve as the backup to Tuukka Rask for next season.
The young Swedish netminder finished the 2013-14 season with Providence (American Hockey League), compiling a 25-15-4 record with a 2.63 goals against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts in 45 appearances. He was named the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender for the P-Bruins during the 2012-13 season, his first North American pro hockey season.
Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan expressed interest in Brodeur over the weekend, and the goaltender himself opened the door to serve in a potential new role as a backup goaltender.
“If I get a job as a No. 1, I think I’m able to handle the workload of 50 to 60 games,” said Brodeur to Sportsnet. “If I don’t, and I get a backup job on a team I feel has a chance to win the Stanley Cup, anything between 20 to 30 games I’d be comfortable with in the right situation.”
There is some question how a legend like Brodeur would adjust to a supporting role in a goaltending tandem, but there’s no question he could be a helpful mentor-type in a situation with a young goaltender. That certainly isn’t the case in Boston where they have their Vezina Trophy winner in Tuukka Rask, and a promising young backup that will serve has his understudy.