Fourth work stoppage for Devils’ Brodeur

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New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur could write a book about NHL labour problems since he’d have no shortage of material.

This is the fourth work stoppage in the future Hall of Famer’s career — a 1992 players’ strike and three lockouts.

“Whenever people talk about the possibility of a lockout, trust me, there’s a lockout happening,” Brodeur told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs on Friday. “I’ve heard ‘lockout’ three times in my career and three times we’ve been locked out.

“It was obvious to me that a lockout was going to happen,” the 40-year-old added. “But I didn’t feel the differences between both parties were so great as to jeopardize the whole season like the owners are trying to do right now. …

“I still really believe there’s hope to salvage something from our season and I hope everybody will come to their senses and try to figure something out. We’ve come a long way since 2004 to get this game to a better state as far as competitive balance and everything else. I didn’t think we’d still be talking about this lockout in December. That’s the thing that bothers me the most.”

You can read Stubbs’s entire column by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Tony Gallagher of Postmedia News wonders if former Hab Roman Hamrlik might be a target when the NHL finally resumes following his recent negative comments about the NHLPA. You can read Gallagher’s column by clicking here.

(Photo by Mel Evans/The Associated Press)

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