Devils’ Martin Brodeur understands Ilya Kovalchuk’s discomfort as free agency decision drags on

Martin Brodeur has never been an unrestricted free agent, but the Devils’ goaltender thinks he knows what Ilya Kovalchuk is going through.

Like Devils management and most fans, he is anxious to hear Kovalchuk’s decision about where he will play next season.

“I’m sure Kovy is not feeling good about what is going on right now,” Brodeur told me today after another day without a decision from Kovalchuk. “I don’t know for sure, but it can’t be something that is comfortable, because if something is comfortable you get it done right away.

“When you’re torn between two things or three things it cannot be something that is fun. The pay day is going to be fun, but regardless of what is coming you have to think about all of this.

“I’d love to have him back. I enjoyed playing with him, having Kovy on the team. He’s one of the great players I’ve played with in my career.”

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