The Devils will be facing elimination on Tuesday night.
And if they lose, it could be the last time Martin Brodeur and Zach Parise put on the red and white jerseys.
Brodeur, who will turn 40 on May 6, is slated to be a free agent, while Parise, who is coming into his prime, will also be able to sign with the team of his choice in the offseason.
“Career-wise I don’t feel it’s going to be the last of it,” Brodeur told reporters in a Sunday conference call, according to the Newark Star-Ledger and Bergen Record, “but I think opportunity-wise you never know. Who knows what kind of position we’re going to be in this time next year.
“Now I am in this position where we’re able to stay alive in the playoffs. I want to try to do as much as I can. It’s in the back of my head just because of the opportunity we have with a team I’ve really enjoyed playing with all year. I just want to keep this going, regardless of what the future will bring me. That’s irrelevant for me right now.”
Parise didn’t want to discuss it. The Devils captain is expected to be courted by several teams before cashing in.
“It’s blocked out. I don’t think about it and I don’t really want to talk about it,” Parise said.