Some facts about New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur: He's 40 years old, played 24 games in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and has a broken finger. Hence, he's content to ride out this lockout, at least for the time being.
Plus, it's not as if a shortened season is something he finds undesirable … you know, given 1995 and all. From Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, here's Brodeur:
"That season in 94-95, a 48-game season, I think it worked out well for both parties to at least have a little bit of hockey for our fans, for the players and for the owners," said Brodeur, who is on the fourth work stoppage of his career (three lockouts and one strike). "Then, after that, you start with your new system in place for next year. It was a tough one in '04 (when the entire season was canceled) and we got lucky to recover, but I don't think it would make sense not to try to fix it now even though we sacrificed 20 or 30 games (already) depending on what the plan is."
Of course, when you're 40 years old and on potentially the last 2-year deal of your career, you'd like to get back on NHL ice ASAP.
[Eric Adelson: With no Winter Classic, players should take it outside]
But Brodeur is also a veteran of these work stoppages, and sees a troubling trend in this one: apathy.
From Fire & Ice:
"I just came back from Montreal and I was surprised how it wasn't talked about much by the fans," he said.
"In New Jersey, it's even worse. People have kind of forgotten about us a little bit and that's not a good thing. This should be a prime conversation for people who are sports fans to worry about what's going on and right now they have kind of forgotten about it. That's not a good sign. I don't like that at all."
No sir, it isn't.