Even if Martin Brodeur returns to play another season for the Devils (and he is leaning that way), it does not change the need to find his successor. That is why the development of Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee and Maxime Clermont is so important and being monitored so closely by management.

Wedgewood, playing in the OHL for Plymouth, had a disappointing ending to the world junior championships when he was pulled from Canada's loss to Russia. He left with a sore neck, the result of a collision, after allowing four goals on 13 shots.

If the 84th overall pick in the 2010 entry draft felt pressure losing that tournament in front of the home Canadian fans, wait until he encounters what it will be like trying to follow a legend.

"I don't even like to mention anybody in comparison to Marty. Anybody," said Devils director of scouting David Conte. "Not Tim Thomas. In my opinion, Marty is the best ever.