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Brodeur re-signs with Devils

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Brodeur re-signs with Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur has signed a new two-year contract to remain with the New Jersey Devils.

Pat Brisson, Brodeur's Los Angeles-based agent, confirmed the deal Monday morning in an email to The Associated Press.

The deal is worth 9 million and more than likely will allow the 40-year-old goaltender to finish his career with the Devils.

The NHL's all-time winningest goaltender, Brodeur has led the Devils to three Stanley Cups and two other finals, including a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in six games this past season.

The deal was first reported by Canadian broadcaster RDS.

Brodeur posted a 31-21-4 record in the regular season with three shutouts and a .908 save percentage. He played even better in the postseason, recording a 14-9 mark with a 2.12 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in leading New Jersey to its first Eastern Conference title since 2003.

Brodeur, who heard from Toronto and Chicago on Sunday, has posted a 656-371-105 record with the Devils, winning Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

With Brodeur back, the Devils will try to keep left wing Zach Parise. He is the top free agent on the market, and he told reporters Sunday that he may make a decision Monday.

Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

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Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

Mitch Trubisky is a believer in the Chicago Bears new offense heading into 2018. He's been jacked up about coach Matt Nagy and his arsenal of new skill players all offseason, and on Thursday he gave reporters at Bears training camp an even greater description of what's to come.

"We're going to create our own identity and it's going to be something the Chicago Bears haven't seen for a while," he said.

That identity is expected to be something similar to what was seen in Kansas City last year when Nagy was calling plays. It was an offense that featured efficient quarterback play, the NFL's leading rusher, a high-flying playmaker at receiver and an All-Pro tight end. 

Not bad at all.

But don't ask Trubisky about comparisons to other teams, or, more specifically, comparisons centered around him and other young quarterbacks in the NFL.

"I'm tired of it all," Trubisky said of being compared to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. "All the doubts, all the comparisons, tired of waiting, and excited that camp is here and ready for year two. All I can do is control my attitude & effort.

"I know who I am. I know what kind of player I can be. And I know my role on the team. I'm looking forward to proving that."

The weight of a city and a lot of jobs in the front office are on Trubisky's shoulders. He has the mental makeup to handle it, but he also hasn't been tested like he has this offseason when whispers questioning his long-term potential have begun in far corners of football media.

Trubisky has been set up for success in 2018. He's in a quarterback-friendly system with receivers who can make him a star. He should have little trouble proving his doubters wrong and finally showing Bears fans what it means to cheer for a fun and exciting offense.

Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

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Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

The good news about Allen Robinson continues to pour in.

This time, it's from Robinson himself, who declared Thursday at Chicago Bears training camp that he's 100 percent healthy and ready to go for practice, which gets underway Friday.

"I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go," he said. "It was all about getting ready for this time right here."

Robinson, who GM Ryan Pace signed to a three-year, $42 million deal in free agency, said his responsibility is to make Mitch Trubisky's job easier.

"I want Mitch [Trubisky] to go out there and play free and it's my job to make his easy."

Robinson certainly made Blake Bortles' job easy in 2015 when he went off for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. It's that kind of elite production that has Trubisky very excited about what the duo can do in Chicago. If Robinson can have that much success with a player like Bortles, who isn't exactly known for his accuracy, he should thrive with Trubisky whose throws hit the mark more often than not.

Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are starting training camp healthy and that no players are expected on the PUP list. That's great news all around, but mostly for Robinson, whose long road to recovery finally appears behind him.