Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who will turn 41 one week from today, has said many times already that he will come back next season and play out the second and final season on his contract. That doesn’t mean that next season will definitely be Brodeur’s last, though.

“Not at all,” the future Hall of Famer said today. “It’s the last year on my contract and that’s about it. This year, even though we didn’t make the playoffs, I had a great time playing the game. I really had a good time competing at the level I wanted to compete (at) and if it stays like that and I’m still having fun, who knows that’s going to happen? I’m not putting a decision in my mind.

“Two, three years ago, it was harder to make that decision, but now, for whatever reason, I don’t know if it’s the way the game is here, I really enjoy we have a chance to win every single game and the coaches make it fun to come to the rink.”

Brodeur went 13-9-7 this season with a 2.22 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. His GAA was his best since a 2.17 mark in 2007-08

Brodeur and backup goaltender Johan Hedberg, who will turn 40 on Sunday, are both signed through the end of the 2013-14 season. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today he is comfortable having Brodeur and Hedberg back as his goaltending tandem next season.

If Brodeur were to play beyond that, though, it might mean splitting the job with a younger goaltender and helping him getting his feet wet in the NHL.