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Martin Brodeur deflects Olympic talk despite strong play

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Martin Brodeur has been statistically better than favored goalies to make Canada’s Olympic Team, but he does not want his name in the Sochi conversation.

“Please no,” Brodeur said, according to the Bergen (N.J.) Record. “Please no.”

Brodeur, 41, is a four-time Olympian and a two-time gold medalist. He’s 6-3-2 with a 1.98 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and two shutouts for the Devils this season.

Here’s how Brodeur ranks among Canadian goalies with at least 10 games played:

GAA
1. Josh Harding (MIN) 1.25
2. Brodeur 1.98
3. Jonathan Bernier (TOR) 2.05
4. Carey Price (MTL) 2.05
5. Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 2.06

SVPCT
1. Harding .946
2. Price .936
3. Steve Mason (PHI) .931
4. Braden Holtby (WAS) .925
5. Justin Peters (CAR) .921
6. Brodeur .919

The top goalies in the Olympic conversation going into the season were Roberto Luongo (2.36 GAA, .912), Corey Crawford (2.42 GAA, .910) and Price (2.05, .936). Brodeur has been better than Luongo and Crawford.

Harding has obviously thrown himself into the mix. Perhaps Brodeur has, too, but he’s not talking about it.

“I’m just trying to win my games here and have fun and whatever happens in December it’s going to happen,” Brodeur told the newspaper. “We all know that it’s important to go with some guys that are knocking on the door now. If they ask, I’ll be glad, but I’m not looking for that. That’s not the reason why I’m playing well. I want to play well for me and for these guys.”

Three weeks ago, Brodeur picked three goalies who should make Canada’s Olympic team and did not include himself. Canada must choose its Olympic roster by Dec. 31.

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Martin Brodeur picks who should be Canada’s Olympic goalies

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If it’s up to him, Martin Brodeur won’t be on the Canadian Olympic Team.

Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time wins leader and a two-time Olympic champion, told TSN 1050 that Canada’s goalies at the Sochi Olympics should be the Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, the Phoenix Coyotes’ Mike Smith and the Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price.

“I think it’s Luongo’s job to lose,” Brodeur said. “He’s had a decent season so far, and I think he should be the one who has a chance to start the tournament.”

It was Brodeur who lost his job to Luongo after three games at the 2010 Olympics. Luongo backstopped Canada to a gold medal, but he has been up and down (mostly down) since, opening the door for several other options.

Canada is loaded with skaters in its bid to become the first nation to win back-to-back Olympic titles since the Soviet era. But its goalie situation is seen as a bit of a question mark.

Brodeur not picking himself is not surprising. He’s 41 and splitting time on the Devils with American Cory Schneider. Two of the best Canadian goalies so far this season, statistically, are the Minnesota Wild’s Josh Harding (5-2-1, 1.00 goals-against average, .953 save percentage) and 2010 Olympian Marc-Andre Fleury (8-2, 1.79, .928).

There’s also the goalie for the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks — Corey Crawford — and the Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby, who were invited to an orientation camp in August with Luongo, Smith and Price.

Olympic rosters are due at the end of the year.

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Brodeur, 41, hopes for one more gold medal

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, The NHL’s all-time leader in wins (658) and games (1,193, and counting) already has two gold medals for team Canada under his pads. But at 41 he’s thinking he has enough left in the tank for one more.

“I’d love to,” he told WSJ.com. “For me, playing in the Olympics was the greatest thing in my life.”

Of course, with an abbreviated season still to play, the future hall of famer says he’s not even thinking about the Sochi Games just yet, and hopes that if the NHL allows their stars to play for gold next year, he’ll be good enough just to make the team.

Brodeur was knocked out of the No. 1 goaltender spot for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo in at the 2010 Games, and will have to contend with Montreal’s Carey Price and the Hurricanes’ Cam Ward and the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury to make his fourth Olympic squad

“If I’m asked to go, regardless of the spot I’ll be in, I’ll take the invitation. I’ll do anything for my country.”