Maybe Martin Brodeur simply wanted to give himself a bigger raise than the Devils were willing to give him.
Whatever his motivation for hiring Pat Brisson as his agent, it worked. Brodeur signed a two-year, 9 million contract extension with the Devils on Monday morning, ending speculation he would end his brilliant career anywhere but North Jersey.
And thats the way it should be.
Brodeurs signing turns todays free-agent focus back where it was on Sunday on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Brodeurs decision to stay in Newark could have an impact on Parise, who reportedly has been offered contracts as long as 13 years at more than 100 million.
Suters value on the trade market is believed to be just as high, with both players expected to carry salary cap hits of close to 8 million.
The Capitals didnt make much of a splash in the free agent market, signing third- or fourth-line winger Joey Crabb to a one-year, 950,000 contract.
The Caps still have close to 20 million in cap space and could use one of the top-line right wings still available on the market. Shane Doan, who netted 22 goals and 28 assists for the Coyotes last season, would be a perfect fit on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Doan, 35, is reportedly waiting until next week to make a decision on his future in Phoenix. There has also been league-wide interest in 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who put up 19 goals and 35 assists in Philadelphia last season.
Jagr reportedly has received offers from 23 of the NHLs 30 teams. The Capitals would appear to be a longshot considering Jagrs relative lack of success in his three seasons in D.C., when he recorded 201 points in 190 games before being dealt to the Rangers.
The Caps may also have mild interest in Detroit left wing Jiri Hudler, who put up 25 goals and 25 assists in 81 games for the Red Wings last season. Hudler is considered a one-way forward who is not particularly strong at backchecking.
If the Capitals are hoping to strengthen themselves on the blue line, Matt Carle is a capable top four defenseman but may cost as much as 6 million per season. Hard-hitting blue liner Bryce Salvador is also on the market and could serve a role on the Caps second or third pairing.