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Chicago kicking the tires on Brodeur

Martin Brodeur

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils clears the puck near the hashmarks against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks are interested in Martin Brodeur’s services, reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The news is hardly surprising. With solid goaltending, the ‘Hawks are a Stanley Cup contender. But with the goaltending they got last season from Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, they aren’t.

Crawford has two years remaining on his contract ($2.7 million cap hit) before he can become an unrestricted free agent. The ‘Hawks have stuck by the 27-year-old, but bringing in Brodeur could take the heat off the still-inexperienced goalie that, in hindsight, management relied upon too soon.

For Brodeur, a move to Chicago would give the 40-year-old a shot at winning a fourth championship. On the other hand, it would come with more travel.

Emery is under contract for 2012-13 with a $1.15 million cap hit.