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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Unable to make a difference, Brodeur quits committee

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Saying the NHL is not doing enough to protect its goaltenders, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur abruptly resigned from the league's competition committee, the Toronto Star reported on Wednesday.

"I just don't want that responsibility any more," Brodeur told The Star. "I thought I would be able to make a difference, but I guess I was wrong."

Brodeur, a three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, was brought on the committee 18 months ago for, among other reasons, giving the five-player group at least one goalie's voice. But Brodeur told The Star that his ideas have been ignored.

"I didn't feel I was making a difference, and I hate wasting my time when it doesn't seem to matter," he told the newspaper. "I brought up a lot of different points, suggested different ideas like a bigger crease, but nothing's changed. The protection of goaltenders has just become ridiculous.

"It's hard when nothing's improving and your name is associated with it. I didn't want to live with that."

Whereas the NHL adopted a more wide-open style of play following the 2004 lockout, the competition committee has been charged with making recommendations to help alter rules and rule interpretations. In the past, when players were not at all allowed in the crease, the new standard often sees players making contact with goaltenders or having two skates in the crease when a goal is scored.

Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco is expected to be appointed by the NHL Players' Association to take Brodeur's spot, according to The Star.

"I talked to [Turco], and he's got a lot of passion for it, and I told him if he has the energy to go for it," Brodeur told The Star. "I tried for a year-and-a-half, and I guess I figured it was better to take my time and energy and take care of my team, not worry about the rest of the world."

NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the executive board will consider Brodeur's replacement "in the near future."