At the end of last season, Martin Brodeur left the door open for a comeback. The 42 year old goaltender could've retired after an emotional send-off from the New Jersey Devils, but instead, that nagging voice guided him back to the crease to fill in for Brian Elliott. Upon Elliott's return, there wasn't a spot for Brodeur on the ice anymore; after a couple weeks away, Brodeur has had time to realize that it's time to hang up the skates.
Lifetime, Brodeur finishes with a 691-397-154 record. A hundred and twenty five of those wins are shutouts, the last of which came December 29th against the Colorado Avalanche. As a Blue, he was 3-3, with a 2.87 save percentage and a .899 GAA. Perhaps that last stat line helped Brodeur reconsider. Perhaps it's that no other team was in need of his services. Perhaps reality just finally set in.