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Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

<div id="attachment_62969" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 650px"><a href="http://www.rantsport...rtinbrodeur.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-62969" src="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/files/2013/06/martinbrodeur.jpg" alt="Martin Brodeur" width="640" height="360" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports</p></div>
<p>There are players who seem to have the ability to play forever. You can look around other players around professional sports over the years like <strong>Mariano Rivera</strong>, <strong>Brett Favre</strong> and <strong>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar</strong>.</p>
<p>The <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/"><strong>NHL</strong></a>’s version of that player is <strong>Martin Brodeur</strong>. Brodeur will be heading into his third decade of playing for the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/teams/new-jersey-devils/"><strong>New Jersey Devils</strong></a> next season and it appears as if he is not slowing down at all as his career rolls on.</p>
<p>I would love to see the Devils have a ready-made replacement for Brodeur when the time comes, but that’s not important right now. The team should enjoy Brodeur for as long as he can continue playing. He went 13-9-7 with a 2.22 goals against average this past season as he turned 41-years old.</p>
<p>You aren’t going to find a ton of players in today’s game that are still playing at that age. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer with his 669 career wins and a career 2.23 GAA. Those are just ridiculous numbers.</p>
<p>He is getting some extra time off this summer since the Devils didn’t make the playoffs and I have to think that this is the best thing for him. It gives him six months to recharge his batteries and rest up for the 2013-14 season. We have no clue when he is going to retire, especially with the way he is playing.</p>
<p>His oldest son is now playing junior hockey as well, so who knows if the Devils can just replace one Brodeur with another soon. If you are a hockey fan though, you really don’t want to see the elder Brodeur retire because he is a goalie that we may never see again.</p>
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