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Brodeur not ready for commitment of being Devils GM

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New Jersey Devils legend Martin Brodeur isn't ready to become the club's general manager if the opportunity arises in the near future.

"I know what it takes to be a GM," Brodeur said Thursday, according to The Hockey News' Matt Larkin. "I've been around Doug Armstrong (with the St. Louis Blues) for a long time and Lou Lamoriello (with the Devils).

"I'm just not ready for the commitment, regardless of whether it would be offered to me."

The Hall of Fame netminder spent three years as assistant general manager with the St. Louis Blues after ending his playing career in 2015. In August 2018, he joined the Devils and took on a business-development position before moving to a hockey operations role in January 2020 following the firing of former general manager Ray Shero.

New Jersey replaced Shero with Tom Fitzgerald, who said earlier in June that nothing has changed regarding his interim status. Though Brodeur isn't immediately interested in the position, the 48-year-old didn't rule it out down the road.

"I’m not saying that one day, I won’t say, 'You know what? This is the time for me to do it, maybe,'" Brodeur said. "But right now, I value my time off too much to get myself involved. Not that I’m not involved, as in my role I need to be pretty much present, but I’m able to kind of make my own schedule and not rely on the general manager setup."

Brodeur logged 1,259 games with the Devils before playing his final seven contests with the Blues in 2014-15. He holds NHL records for wins (691) and shutouts (125), and Brodeur captured three Stanley Cups with New Jersey (1995, 2000, and 2003). The Quebec native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

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