According to a media report, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has hired an agent and could test the free-agent waters when the market opens for business at noon ET on July 1.
The (Bergen) Record's Tom Gulitti reported Friday that agent Pat Brisson confirmed in an email an earlier report by TSN's Darren Dreger that Brodeur has hired him.
"It looks like he might be testing free agency on Sunday if a deal isn't reached by Sunday with the Devils," Brisson wrote in the email.
Martin Brodeur - 2011-12
Goalie - NJD
GAA: 2.41 | SVP: 0.908
Brodeur, 40, comes off a season in which he went 31-21-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He improved upon those numbers in the playoffs, posting a 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage as he led the Devils to their fifth appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
In the past, Brodeur represented himself in contract negotiations. He said following the Devils' six-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the Final that he anticipated playing another season, and it widely was assumed that would be with the Devils, the only NHL team he's played with.
New Jersey drafted Brodeur with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL Draft and in 19 seasons with the club he's gone on to set League single-season and career wins records, as well as breaking the all-time NHL mark for shutouts.