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NHL Free Agency 2012: Martin Brodeur Stays With The Devils

The greatest goaltender to ever live is coming back to the New Jersey Devils, this according to

Martin Brodeur has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract to remain with the only team he's ever known. After hiring Pat Brisson to be his agent and fielding some calls on the first day of free agency, Brodeur decided to stay in the Garden State after all.

The 40-year-old netminder is coming off of a spectacular run that saw he and his team come up just two wins shy of another Stanley Cup title.

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It would have been sacrilegious to see Brodeur in another uniform, after watching his legacy grow to mythical proportions with the Devils. Brodeur of course owns just about every record in the book, including wins (656) and shutouts (119). He also owns three very big and shiny rings.

"All I know is New Jersey," Brodeur told the New York Post. "All my friends are in New Jersey. It was hard that people thought I wanted to leave. I didn't want to do that." [via Pro Hockey Talk]

It's always a shame to watch the great ones finish their career in a foreign jersey such as Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice. Martin Brodeur will not have to worry about that.

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