At age 40 and entering free agency, Martin Brodeur has no idea if he will be back with the New Jersey Devils for the 2012-13 season. He does, however, think the Devils are going to be "celebrating a championship in the near future."
Brodeur has won three Stanley Cup titles, and was part of a New Jersey team that just lost to the Los Angeles Kings in this year's finals.
"It's been unbelievable," he said today before heading off on a vacation with his family and to make the final decision on whether he'll play again next season. "It's not fair because I've won before so other people can't relate to what I have to go through. But this was an unbelievable year. I had a blast. It was an unbelievable year. We gave everything to be in that position that we got ourselves. I can go home and be really happy. People who have never won, it's hard for them to digest that. For me, it's a tough thing to translate to other guys on the team, but you need to learn how to lose to a certain extent to win.
"I went through it in '94 and we were able to be successful after that. It's just the way it goes. Everybody is there to win and the Kings deserve what they got, but the guys have to be very proud of what we accomplished. I'm sure these guys, we'll be celebrating a championship in the near future."
Brodeur has been a huge part of the Devils past, of course. It remains to be seen if he will be part of their future.