A lot of people were wrong. But it is fair to speculate. Every single person found it odd. Imagine how boring any radio or TV segments would be if everyone said "I'll withhold judgement on why this is happening until we get more information."
It was the weirdest retirement press conference I have ever seen. Again, I don't have an opinion on it either way, but everyone thought it was off. Brodeur spelled it out quite well, but even his prepared statement was lacking. I'm not going to kill people for wondering.
What I saw was a lot of Devils fans speculating as well, and then once Brodeur answered a lot of questions afterwords, they are now giving sh!t to people in the media that were asking many of the same questions.
As Larry Brooks wrote yesterday...
Don’t know about you folks, but when I think of Martin Brodeur’s legendary career, the three players who come immediately to mind are Brett Hull, Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis, with whom he shared the stage at his retirement announcement in … St. Louis?
Obviously Brodeur wanted this day this way and his way. No one should resent him for that. But still, this announcement in a sterile environment devoid of Devils paraphernalia or personnel produced one of the most odd and off-key press conferences in memory. It was tantamount to what it would have been if Derek Jeter had wanted to play one more year, was not encouraged to do so by and with the Yankees, left to sign with, say, the Royals, played for a few weeks in the middle of the season, and retired at a press conference in Kansas City while joined on the stage by George Brett, Willie Mays Aikens and Bret Saberhagen before going to work in the KC front office.