NHL Notebook: Brodeur willing to back up Price with Canadiens
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur scans the area during a game against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 2013. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)
Goaltender Martin Brodeur says he'd be willing to finish his Hall of Fame career with his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
The 42-year-old has previously said he's "80% sure" he's coming back for a 21ST NHL season and told QMI Agency this week that he would have no problem backing up Carey Price in net.
"I would like to play one last season before retiring and I want to have fun doing it," said the three-time Stanley Cup winner. "If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me."
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is not among the NHL executives who has contacted Brodeur this summer.
Brodeur believes he still has enough in the tank to be a team's No. 1 goalie but understands that Price, an Olympic gold-medal winner, is the man in Montreal.
"This is Carey Price's team," Brodeur said.
"I would definitely still want to be the No. 1 goalie, but it wouldn't bother me to play in only 20 to 25 games during the season if I know I'll have fun playing within a winning team. "
The Devils finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference last season and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before being ousted by the Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers.
Last season, the legendary netminder recorded a 19-14-6 record while playing behind Devils starter Cory Schneider. He had a .901 save percentage in 39 regular-season appearances.
Brodeur led the Devils to Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and has amassed an NHL-record 688 regular season wins.
KREJCI OFFICIALLY INKS
The Boston Bruins and forward David Krejci have agreed to a six-year extension through the 2020-21 season, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $43.5 million.
He has one year left on his current three-year, $15.75 million deal.
Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in the 2013-14 campaign with 69 points, posting 19 goals and 50 assists. He accrued a league-best plus-39 rating.
In 504 career NHL games with the Bruins, Krejci has 378 points, including 77 points in 93 career playoff games. He led the team in scoring during its last two playoff marches to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 28-year-old Krejci joins teammates Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Tuukka Rask under contract for at least the next three seasons.
The native of Sternberk, Czech Republic, was drafted by the Bruins in 2004 in the second round.
SCHWARTZ, BLUES FAR APART
Restricted free-agent forward Jaden Schwartz is nowhere near a new contract with the St. Louis Blues.
"We remain significantly apart on our respective positions at this point," Schwartz's agent Wade Arnott told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday.
Lengthy talks between Arnott and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong have been ongoing in recent weeks, to no avail.
"I understand their position, they understand our position, and there is a gap in the level of compensation," Armstrong said.
Schwartz, 22, is the last player in the Blues organization without a contract.
The native of Wilcox, Sask., scored 25 goals and was fourth on the team with 56 points in 80 games last season.
If offered, should Brodeur take Montreal's No. 2 job?