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Brodeur not interested in being Devils general manager right now: report

Says he isn't ready for commitment, even if job were offered

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Martin Brodeur said he isn't interested in becoming the general manager of the New Jersey Devils right now, even if the job were available.

Brodeur told The Hockey News he's happy with his job as executive vice president of hockey operations and senior adviser with the Devils, with whom the goalie won three Stanley Cup championships.

"I know what it takes to be a GM. I've been around Doug Armstrong (with the St. Louis Blues) for a long time and Lou Lamoriello (with the Devils)," Brodeur said in remarks published Thursday. "I'm just not ready for the commitment, regardless of whether it would be offered to me."

Brodeur moved from a Devils business position to hockey operations after Ray Shero was fired as GM on Jan. 12 and replaced by Tom Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said June 11 that nothing has changed with his status as general manager, and that he's interviewing candidates for coach, including Alain Nasreddine, who was hired after John Hynes was fired on Dec. 3. Brodeur said he has been working with Fitzgerald ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery on June 26 (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSN, SN, TVAS). The Devils, who were 28-29-12 (.493 points percentage, sixth-lowest in the NHL), have a 7.5 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick.

Brodeur played all but the final seven of his NHL record 1,266 games with the Devils before ending his career with the Blues in 2014-15. He holds NHL records for wins (691) and shutouts (125), and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

Following his playing career, Brodeur remained with the Blues as a special adviser to Armstrong, and on May 20, 2015, signed a three-year contract to be assistant general manager. He returned to the Devils on the business side on Aug. 29, 2018.

Brodeur lives in St. Louis, where he has a 10-year-old son, another reason he said he's not ready to take on the rigors of being an NHL general manager.

"The reason why I went back to New Jersey is because I was able to control my time, because I'm not moving from St. Louis yet, and I have a 10-year-old at home who does all the activities in the world," Brodeur said. "I'm not saying that one day I won't say, 'You know what? This is the time for me to do it, maybe.' But right now, I value my time off too much to get myself involved."

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