Martin Brodeur is testing out a new mask today in practice. It has a slightly different design with the logo "MB30", which was designed by his brother, Denis, on top.
Also, Brodeur will be launching a new Web site of his own on Friday -- MartinBrodeur30.com -- as he takes up his pursuit of Patrick Roy's all-time wins record. He needs 14 wins to pass Roy. That's the logo for the Web site on the top of his new mask. Brodeur's brother, Denis, and friend, Guy, will be doing a lot of the work on the site, which will be in French and English.
Brodeur had the same mask design -- with the Devils' logo minus the N -- since his first full NHL campaign in 1993-94. The idea at the time was that he wasn't sure if he would be in Albany or New Jersey that season, so he took off the N.
"That's why there's not a real New Jersey logo on it," he said.
"Nobody came up to me to try to change it," he said. "I didn't want to make a huge change on it. It was something my brother worked on and designed. I thought it was pretty cool, so we decided to change it.
"When I thought about it that, 'I can't believe I'm going to change it. I've played for so long with it.' Then, I thought about it. I've had some success with a Team Canada helmet on my head. So, you've got to change it up. In the middle of the summer, I thought about it. When I saw the designs my brother was doing, I thought it was really cool and I thought, 'I wonder if I could put that on my helmet.' Then, next thing you know, with photo shop, (Denis) put a picture of my face with the helmet and he superimposed everything and it looked all right. That's really how it happened. I was not really thinking about doing a change. It was a spur of the moment thing."
You can read more about the mask and Brodeur's Web site on newjerseydevils.com
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I asked Brodeur if he had to get Lou Lamoriello's approval to put the MB30 logo on his mask and he said, "I don't know. I didn't get it yet. It's not a big change."
When I told Brodeur after today's practice that the initial response about the change was mostly negative, he said, "People don't like change. Some people will think it's great. Other people will think it's different. Other goalies are changing. You had (Roberto) Luongo playing with two different masks last year because of different jerseys he was playing with. Guy are changing all the time. I just never changed. I never got traded, so I couldn't really change (laughs)."
Broduer did win 538 games before changing his design and is keeping one mask with the old design just in case.
"Like I told my brother, 'I'll be wearing it, but if something goes really bad, I might have to go back to the old faithful."
The plan is also to sell merchandise with the MB30 logo on it -- Denis was wearing a black baseball cap with the red logo on it today -- on the Web site.
"Eventually, there will be stuff on the Web site for it," he said.
By the way, Patrik Elias will also be launching his Web site on Friday. It's eliaspatrik.com. But it will be only in Czech at first. Elias said it will eventually have an English translation, but that's still in the works.
Can we start the season already? I've had enough of watching practices.
Everyone is on the ice for today's practice and the line combinations appear to be the same. Petr Vrana has on a green jersey as the extra forward. Extra defensemen Andy Greene and Sheldon Brookbank are also wearing green.
Right wing Barry Tallackson held off from skating today. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Tallackson, who had surgery on Sept. 26 to correct an irregular heartbeat, would skate Thursday morning.
There's no update on Fedor Fedorov's status yet. Lamoriello told me yesterday that Fedorov would probably be assigned to Lowell.