Despite being aware that he could in be the final leg of his unofficial farewell tour, Martin Brodeur seems to be having a hard time grasping that at 41-years-old, there may be someone better suited for the starting job as the New Jersey Devils goaltender.
Tonight in Montreal though, Brodeur will get his way.
After a shocking three-consecutive starts last week for the veteran Devils' counterpart, Cory Schneider, Brodeur seemed disappointed about the situation. While he noted he carried the load at Schneider's age he still wouldn't let the opportunity to tell his true feelings about being the passenger pass by.
"He's playing well," Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of The Record over the weekend. " It's kind of one of these things and he's been the hot hand the last few games. For sure, when you think about back-to-back you think you're going to get one of them, but I guess at 27-years-old I was playing back-to-back all the time too."
Until Sunday, Brodeur and Schneider had each taken a turn in back-to-backs this season.That was until Schneider posted his third shutout against Dallas and added another two-points a couple of nights later against the Panthers. Head coach Pete DeBoer went back to the well and gave Schneider the go in Sunday's matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs where he earned his team one point in a shootout loss.
It's never fun to just watch and it's definitely not something Brodeur is used to.
But if the Devils want a chance to make the postseason, he may have to adapt quickly to the idea that he may not be the guy to help them there. At least not in the capacity he has over the last decade.
"I'm having fun playing the game," Brodeur said. "I'm not having fun sitting on the bench, that's for sure."
"But, the situation might change. You never know. So, you've got to keep a good attitude about it and we'll see what the next couple of months bring me."
Brodeur will start for the second time this season at Montreal's Bell Centre, where he is 0-1-0 with a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .824 save-percentage. It will be his first start since a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7th. Brodeur's last win was over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last game of 2013 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.