Justice and loyalty triumphed in Newark today.
It is truly a just decision all around that Martin Brodeur will finish his career with the Devils. That fact was cemented with a two-year re-signing with Lou Lamoriello, both employer and pal of the netminder.
This new and final deal is what Marty contends that he wanted all along and it reflects the shared loyalty between the club’s boss, Lamoriello, and Mister Goalie.
Marty — like the immortal Lou Gehrig with the Yankees, but not Babe Ruth — thus remains a Devil forever. More than likely, he’ll remain with the club, post-playing career in a role roughly equivalent to goalie coach.
The challenges confronting Brodeur — not to mention coach Peter DeBoer — is how much hockey can New Jersey extract from a 40-year-old rubber-stopper? Chances are it will be a 50-game limit.
This much is certain, Brodeur proved during the playoffs that he’s capable of big games; as well as big series.
When New Jersey eliminated the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final it was as much Marty defeating Vezina Trophy-winning Henrik Lundqvist as much as any factor that led to the Devils upset march into the Stanley Cup Final.
It was also no surprise that Lamoriello opted to re-sign free agent back-up Moose Hedberg who was as much a commendable support system for Brodeur as Martin Biron has been for Lundqvist on the Blueshirts.
Meanwhile, friends and foes — possibly even some Rangers fans — have to be pleased that Brodeur will remain a Devil seemingly forever.