Although this summer might seem like the appropriate time for New Jersey Devils' 40-year-old goalie Marty Brodeur to retire, he does not seem ready to hang it up yet.

Even if the Devils defeat the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, Brodeur seems likely to return next season.

Asked Monday whether he expects to retire after this season, he told reporters, "I can't say no, but I doubt it. I'm really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens in this series, I think we made a great step last year at the end of the year and through this year to have a really good team and a good coaching staff together and it's fun. To me, it's all about having fun coming to the rink.

"I know a lot of people say it's great to retire on top, but at the end of the day, when I'm going to say it's over, it's over, I'm not going to come back. I want to make sure I make the right decision. Right now I'm leaning toward coming back. We'll see.

"I didn't have fun last year (2010-2011, when the Devils failed to reach the playoffs). I'm not used to losing. That was tough. To me, I really thought this was going to be my last year, but more and more, it was I can still play."