Put this into the overreaction department, but it is what he said. New Jersey Devils great Martin Brodeur said during the right circumstances he would waive his no-trade clause and play for another team.
The thought is almost nightmarish for Devils fans. The thought of the greatest goalie to ever touch the ice, statistically at least, to wear colors that aren’t red and black is preposterous.
Is it, though? Is it hard to imagine that Brodeur would welcome the idea of playing for a contender in his 21st NHL season? Is it that perplexing to think he wouldn’t want to be a backup on a team that isn’t going anywhere?
That is the only situation that Brodeur would even consider leaving, if the Devils were out of the playoffs. That isn’t the case right now. The team is four points out of a playoff spot. That isn’t something to worry about 70 games in, let alone 14. The fact that the Metropolitan Division is having issues throughout have given the Devils time to figure it out. With Cory Schneider and Brodeur in net every night, that gives the team a little leeway.
So, this is all a big what if. Brodeur even said that he would not approach Lou Lamoriello for a trade, that it would have to be 100 percent him. If he went to him for a team that would benefit him and the Devils, why not? It hurts to see your favorite players put on another jersey, but sometimes they leave the team high and dry. Ask Dallas Stars fans how they felt when Mike Modano became a Detroit Red Wing. How do you think the Ottawa Senators feel about Daniel Alfredsson? It hurts, but in this situation, the Devils would get something in return.
That being said, this team is still very much in it. They need to make some adjustments offensively obviously. They are not playing their game. They need to play better, or they may be sellers for only the second time in the past two decades. Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr would be two long-time veterans that other teams would love to have. The Devils could recover that lost first-round pick that they are missing thanks to the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.
It is one thing to say that you would consider playing for another franchise. Remember that he spoke with the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2011-12 season before Lamoriello gave him a two-year deal. It is much different to think about playing somewhere else and actually pulling the trigger. Brodeur would be smart to leave if the Devils continue to play like this for the next 30 games. My prediction is he won’t, however. He is known to love it in New Jersey. He loves the organization, the fans and the area. He is loyal to a fault after all this organization has given him.
He may only have this season left, and at the end of the day, he will probably want to end his career as a Devil.