Brodeur answers a lot of questions that Devils fans have been speculating on for a long time.
You mentioned in your news conference that Lou Lamoriello couldn't offer you this kind of job right now. Was it this specific kind of position or the situation with the Devils?
“It had nothing to do with the position. It's just what he could do right now was more of not being around the team. We had a lot of good conversations and he agreed when I told him what I wanted and he goes, 'Right now, it's not the time for you to do that in New Jersey.' And I got it. There's not one way or the other. I'm not mad at anybody.
“I'm retiring as a New Jersey Devil as a player in my mind. I'll never be recognized as being with the St. Louis Blues. With the fans and the way I got treated by the fans in my record-setting seasons that I had and the last game against Boston that I played, nobody will ever replace that. So, right now, it's kind of a different chapter and, again, I'm not closing any doors in New Jersey whatsoever by doing what I did. If anything, it's going to be good for me and my future as far as knowing what I want to do. Because I don't know.
“Maybe I'm not going to like this part of the game. I might, but maybe I'm going to say, 'This is not good for me.' But, at least I'm going to be touching a lot of different areas that I think I'd like to do and that's why I did it.”
Because you mentioned it, what are your feelings about the the Devils? Are you upset about the way things ended in New Jersey? Some people look at this decision by you and interpret it as you not being happy with the organization.
“No, not at all. If I would be mad, I wouldn't even think twice about taking this. I took two weeks and I talked to Lou for three weeks. For the last three weeks, I've been in constant contact with Lou and debating what my future would be. We had good conversations. He was getting back to me. I know he's real busy with coaching and doing everything right now. It was one more thing on his plate and I said, 'I'm sorry, but we've got to talk about this.' And he was great. I went through every step of the way with him like everybody should expect. The relationship I have with him is unbelievable. And, at this moment, for what I want, it's something I couldn't get in New Jersey.
“If I was not (playing) in St. Louis, I probably never would be able to get that position. I was fortunate. It came out of left field. I was just going to say, 'I'm going to retire.' They said, 'We want you around.' (Armstrong) goes, 'I talked to the owners and this is what we're going to do for you. If you want to stay, we want you to stay.' That's how the whole thing started. I was going to retire one way or the other, job or no job.”
At the end of last season with the situation with Cory Schneider waiting in the wings to be the No. 1 and the Devils needing to sign him to a contract extension, it seemed from what you said at the time that you just stepped aside for the good of the organization. Is that accurate?
“It is accurate. I had the opportunity of coming back (to play). Lou wanted me back to a certain extent, but for me it didn't make sense. For the future of the organization, they needed to lock up Cory. If my being there could have impaired that decision, I didn't want that. I think they're lucky they made the trade and they got a good deal on the trade to be able to get a goalie the quality of Cory and you can't let that go. So, it worked out well.
“It's his team now and I have no problem. I had my team for a long time. I can't complain there.”