Although the Blackhawks resigned goaltender Antti Raanta to a two-year contract extension on Friday, multiple reports reveal Chicago is among several teams that have expressed interest in future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur.
Among the interested teams in Brodeur: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh & Toronto. Brodeur wants to go to a contender.— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 28, 2014
Brodeur, who signed a two-year, $9 million contract extension with the New Jersey Devils in 2012, has seen his name get tossed around for the past couple of years, most notably towards the trade deadline. But now as a free agent, the 42-year old goaltender has made it clear he'd like to sign with a contender, whether he's the starter or backup.
“If I get a job as a No. 1, I think I’m able to handle the workload of 50 to 60 games,” Brodeur said, according to Sportsnet. “If I don’t, and I get a backup job on a team I feel has a chance to win the Stanley Cup, anything between 20 to 30 games I’d be comfortable with in the right situation.”
TVA's Louis Jean also reports Brodeur would be "content" with a one-year deal, which is likely what he'll get.
From a financial standpoint, it's unlikely the Blackhawks have the cap room to squeeze in a third goaltender right now considering they have less than $1 million to work with — Brandon Bollig's trade to Calgary put the Blackhawks slightly back under the salary cap — as of today. But then again, the Blackhawks may not be finished clearing cap space before they gear up for July 1, the first day of NHL free agency.