Now is the time for Brodeur to retire

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If you’ve followed my blogs then you know how I feel about elite athletes who refuse to admit when it’s time to retire. Though I’m not a huge football fan I felt bad for one time NFL quarterback legend Brett Favre who in retrospect should have retired years ago. This past year the 41 year-old looked old and was a shadow of himself which unfortunately will be the lasting impression left in the minds of most sports fans. Being a huge hockey fan I have to admit that I feel very sad for New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur who is obviously on the downside of his career. For years this 38 year-old was regarded as hands down the best goalie in the league. Brodeur who is in his 18th season ranks number one all time with 607 wins and 113 shutouts. This former workhorse who in 12 seasons has played 70 or more regular season games has struggled mightily this season with a 5-18-1 record and a .882 save percentage. On Tuesday the Devils announced that Brodeur will be platooning games with fellow veteran Johan Hedberg. Showing what kind of person he is Brodeur, who is a multiple Stanley Cup winner understands why he is being placed in a platoon system and fully supports what going on. “I don’t deserve to be in there when you don’t win. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur who has also been an International star for Team Canada said. “I’ve been winning all of my career and now it’s been a little tougher, so it’s normal that somebody [else starts]. If it works, good. It’s all about the team.” Brodeur last played on Saturday but was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots at Carolina against the Hurricanes. In my opinion this former 1993/94 Calder Trophy winner should retire after the season as opposed to hanging on for the sake of hanging on.

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