Goaltender Martin Brodeur remains one of the most prominent names on the NHL free-agent market. He said Thursday it could stay that way for a while.
"I'm still looking for the right fit, and the right fit might not come this summer, it might come later on in the fall," Brodeur told Yahoo Sports. "I'm pretty open-minded. Regardless of what happens, if I play or don't play, I'm ready for anything. I'm looking forward to a new challenge, regardless if it's outside of hockey or still in hockey with a different organization."
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There are few apparent openings for a No. 1 goalie as Brodeur looks to move on from the New Jersey Devils, and many Stanley Cup threats seemingly have their backup in place.
"If I'm going to not play with a contender, then definitely I'd like to play a lot," the 42-year-old said. "I'm really open-minded about the situation I'm looking for, but it's pretty specific, and me and my agent (Pat Brisson) are kind of looking at different options."
Brodeur was speaking from the 2014 American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev. He isn't ready to start his post-playing career yet, but when he does, he'd like it to be off-ice with the Devils.
"It's more in the office kind of job," Brodeur said. "I've been doing this, the day-to-day operation as far as playing the game, for a long time, and I don't know if I want to get back in coaching. Everybody knows that coaching is probably harder than player [because it's] time-consuming.
"It will be something a little different than coaching; but again, I don't close any doors on anything that [general manager Lou Lamoriello] would approach me [with] in the future."
Brodeur earlier this offseason said he expected the 2014-15 season would be his last. He was 19-14-6 last season with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. His 688 regular-season victories and 124 shutouts are NHL records.
Three of his sons -- Anthony Brodeur, Jeremy Brodeur and William Brodeur -- are participating in Devils development camp this month.