Report: Maple Leafs 'have some interest' in Martin Brodeur

by Jun 26, 7:52 PM

Free agent Martin Brodeur raised some eyebrows Wednesday after he was spotted talking with the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Tim Leiweke at the Yankees/Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre.

Would the Maple Leafs have interest in the future Hockey Hall of Famer? 

if Brodeur was to sign with Toronto, it would all but mean the end of James Reimer's tenure as a Maple Leaf. Earlier Thursday, general manager Dave Nonis wouldn't rule out Reimer returning to the club next season.

Jun 25, 8:00 PM

Martin Brodeur spotted at Rogers Centre chatting with MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke

by Jun 25, 8:00 PM

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, a surefire future Hockey Hall of Famer, took in the New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, On. on Wednesday evening. 

Usually that wouldn't be newsworthy, but Brodeur - a pending unrestricted free agent who is looking for a new team this offseason - was spotted talking with a person of enormous interest at the game:

Tim Leiweke is the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and has a reputation for taking an active role in recruiting big name players. Though his effectiveness as an NHL-level puck stopper is atrophying rapidly, there aren't many names bigger than "Brodeur" in professional hockey.

Still, it's a bit of a surprise for Brodeur to surface in Toronto this week. The legendary Devils netminder had told The Bergen Record's Tom Gulliti on Tuesday that he didn't plan on visiting the cities of teams who expressed interest in signing him. He's also mentioned that he'd prefer to play in a U.S. market.

Perhaps this is just an innocent exchange of greetings and Brodeur is simply in town for the Joe Carter Classic celebrity charity golf tournament this week. Or perhaps there's more to it than that. The Toronto Maple Leafs will likely have a need for a backup goaltender, since they're expected to trade James Reimer this offseason.

Adding an additional layer of intrigue, it's perhaps worth noting that Brodeur's son Jeremy - a goaltender, of course - signed with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League earlier this month.