Martin Brodeur hasn't shared the Devils' goaltending duties equally since the 1993-94 season when he was a rookie and played 47 games while Chris Terreri appeared in 44.

Except when he was injured, as he was in 2008-09, Brodeur hasn't played fewer games than his partner in any of his 18 full NHL seasons.

So as the 39-year-old Brodeur gets closer to making a decision about his future beyond this season, the last on his Devils contract, the question arises as to whether he'd be willing and able to become a part-time mentor to a younger goalie.

"I think he knows where he's at," said former right wing Claude Lemieux, who played with Brodeur during the Devils' first Stanley Cup win. "It's a decision great goalies have to make. Do I want to fade away, maybe becoming a mentor in a number two spot and keep playing? Or, if I can't be the number one guy and play 60 games, I don't want to be there.

"I wouldn't be surprised with Marty if he didn't mind just fading away helping the young guys because of his personality. I know Patty (Roy) couldn't do it because of his personality. It would surprise me if Marty wouldn't be okay with it."