With the NHL taking a two week break for the Sochi Olympics, expect there to be plenty of talk about trade rumors. Even though no team can make a move until February 24, that doesn’t mean trade winds won’t start blowing as GMs get their pieces in place for what will eventually be a mad dash leading up to the March 5 trade deadline.
This morning, a trade whisper surfaced that, if fulfilled, would certainly be a bombshell.
Word is Martin Brodeur, arguably the best and most accomplished goalie to ever play the game, has discussed the idea of a trade with the New Jersey Devils, the only team he’s ever known.
It appears Brodeur is not psyched about being relegated as the Devils’ backup behind Cory Schneider. It’s a night-and-day stance from what he said earlier this season, when it appeared he was at least making peace with the idea of passing the torch to the younger goalie. Of course, saying something like that is one thing, actually following through is another. As we all know, professional athletes are prideful people, and when you’ve had a prolific career like that of Brodeur, it’s tough to find yourself riding pine more often than not. However, the writing was on the wall when the team brought Schneider over from the Vancouver Canucks.
From a strictly financial standpoint, a trade of Brodeur isn’t a crazy idea. He’s on the final year of his contract, due to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. At age 41, it’s hard to believe he’s got a ton of fuel left in the tank, and his numbers this year aren’t even close to his best. Why not give him one last shot with a contender so he can try to add another Stanley Cup to his trophy case before riding off into the sunset?
At the same time, can you actually picture Brodeur wearing any other sweater than that of the Devils? We’re talking about a team he’s been a part of since 1991. A team he helped win three Cups thanks to an astounding amount of record-breaking performances. You don’t have to be a fan New Jersey to hope he can end his career with the first team that gave him a chance.
At this point, it’s nothing more than a player telling his front office that he’d be open to a trade. But don’t be surprised if it turns into more. The Devils are currently three points out of a playoff spot, and could use an asset or two if they want to make a final push. An expiring contract can net you decent returns, something New Jersey has to be aware of.
Still, though, after over 20 years playing for the Devils, Brodeur being traded would rock the league. This storyline is definitely one to keep an eye on once the season resumes in a couple weeks.