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Devils coach DeBoer has 'open arms' for Brodeur

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 8:05 PM / News

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Devils coach DeBoer has 'open arms' for Brodeur
New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said he would welcome back goalie Martin Brodeur "with open arms" next season.

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said he would welcome back goalie Martin Brodeur "with open arms" next season.

DeBoer was interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Wednesday. Brodeur and Cory Schneider split time in the Devils net last season, and it has been speculated Brodeur, 42 years old and about to become an unrestricted free agent, will be moving on from his only NHL team.

"I did have a conversation with Marty at the end of the year. I think we're in a wait-and-see kind of situation here," DeBoer told the radio program, according to Northjersey.com. "I haven't gotten any updates on that. I can tell you if he wants to come back, I would welcome him with open arms. You can never have enough great goaltending."

Brodeur played 39 games for the Devils last season. Schneider, who was acquired in a trade at the 2013 NHL Draft, played 45; he had been the backup to Roberto Luongo with the Vancouver Canucks.

"Maybe it wasn't the perfect situation with [Martin] and Cory just because of where Cory was coming out of and the situation he was coming out of and him wanting to be a starter and maybe not having that opportunity in Vancouver," DeBoer said. "But they both handled it professionally, and we'll see what happens down the road here."

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello would not comment to NJ.com regarding Brodeur's status.

Brodeur was 19-14-6 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Schneider was 16-15-12 with a 1.97 GAA (third in the NHL) and .921 save percentage.

The Devils, who finished 10th in the Eastern Conference, did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season after reaching the Cup Final in 2012.

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