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New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur 'leaning' toward playing next season

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur thinks he will forego retirement at least another year. (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur told reporters Monday that he was leaning toward returning next season instead of retiring, as the Devils prepare to take on the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals starting Wednesday.

ESPN reported that the 40-year-old goaltender Brodeur said he was "leaning to coming back." It doesn't sound like was too unsure of his decision:

"You know, I can't say no. But I doubt it," Brodeur told reporters after Monday's practice. "I'm really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens this series, we made a great step last year, and we've got a good team together, a good coaching staff, and it's fun, you know?

"For me it's all about having fun coming to the rink. Some say it's fun to retire on top or whatever, but at the end of the day, when I'm gonna say it's over, it's gonna be over. I'm not gonna come back. We'll see. I hope you don't have to replay that tape there. And that's gonna be it, I wanna make sure I make the right decision. But right now, I'm leaning to coming back."

Brodeur is preparing to play in his 200th career Stanley Cup playoff game when the Kings come to New Jersey for Game 1 of the Finals on Wednesday night. Before the season, he told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that this season might be his last.

"People will mention it, and it’s hard not to think about it," Brodeur told the paper in October. "It might be. I’ve had a great run, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it."

Brodeur stopped 33 of 35 shots Friday night as the Devils beat the New York Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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