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Brodeur: I'll know when it's time to go

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08:20 AM ET 12.18 | There are no hints dropped from the Great Brodeur upon being asked whether this 18th season might be the final one of his NHL career. There is, though, a vow from the 39-year-old goaltender, as good at his craft as anyone who has ever played the position, and the promise as told to Slap Slaps on Friday is this: "I will make the decision before somebody makes it for me," the Devils' netminder said. "No one will have to tell me when it's time for me to go."

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Martin Brodeur, Icon SMI Martin Brodeur, Icon SMI
December 18, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Brodeur: "I'll know when it's time to go."

So said Chris Chelios, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, ...

December 18, 2011  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Brodeur: "I'll know when it's time to go."So said Chris Chelios, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, ...

Actually none of them knew, I think that is Brodeur's point. He is either done at year's end or will go one more year max, and is already starting the transition to part time goalie.

December 18, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Stranger; christmas came early!!!!!

December 18, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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Actually none of them knew, I think that is Brodeur's point. He is either done at year's end or will go one more year max, and is already starting the transition to part time goalie.

amazing thuogh is the fact that he's still dominant in the shoot-out. I would imagine that if he were to get traded to a contender he would suddenly look 10 years younger. That being said, he should remain a devil & retire a devil.

December 18, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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Stranger; christmas came early!!!!!

Don't I know it, dude! The firing came two months too late in my book. Better late than never.

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December 18, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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Actually none of them knew, I think that is Brodeur's point. He is either done at year's end or will go one more year max, and is already starting the transition to part time goalie.

Very few athletes can accept that with age comes an inevitable diminishing of their skills. Especially the best ones who often feel that 80% of their best days still beats the majority of the other players in the league and in some instances, they have a point. I agree with potf, Brodeur should stay in New Jersey and retire a Devil. Preferably this season. They already have a spot ready for him in the Hall.

December 18, 2011  09:32 AM ET
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Don't I know it, dude! The firing came two months too late in my book. Better late than never.

a gift's a guft! Doesn't matter that we had to beg for it! now if Gauthier could show himself to the door it'd make my holidays!

December 18, 2011  09:32 AM ET

guft!!! lol. Too much vino last night.

December 18, 2011  09:38 AM ET

"Brodeur: I'll know when it's time to go"

December 18, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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a gift's a guft! Doesn't matter that we had to beg for it! now if Gauthier could show himself to the door it'd make my holidays!

Unlikely Gauthier will leave of his own choosing. He'll a push from the Molsons.

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December 18, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Bro...it's time to go

December 18, 2011  10:31 AM ET
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I think the Molson's should give Gauthier another 4 or 5 years to prove that it was Jacques Martin that was the problem all along ;)Oh and concerning my little bout of Canadian Tourette's the other day, I have a question for you. My buddy and I are getting conflicting reports on what a "pioche" (sp) is. As in "Tete' de Pioche". Both of our parents are fluent in french and the best we can come up with is his mom's claim that it is a hardened road apple (horse droppings).What say you?

The first part of your comment almost makes you undeserving of a response for the part. 4 or 5 more years of Gauthier.... Perish the thought!

'Tete de pioche' means hardheaded, stubborn.

Pioche = Pickaxe, mattock.

December 18, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Hardened road apples = 'Pommes de route'

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December 18, 2011  11:36 AM ET

It was 5 years ago Martin.

 
December 18, 2011  11:53 AM ET

I know Martin isn't the greatest coach, but he did have to play the hand he was dealt.

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