After Martin Brodeur met with general manager Lou Lamoriello, rumors have been rampant that the Devils are shopping him. That would be one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the franchise.
You may think that may be a little extreme for a guy who right now .899 save percentage. That ranks him 41st in the league, tied with Nicklas Backstrom. If he could bring a draft pick to New Jersey, why wouldn’t they do it? If it gives him the chance to win one more cup, then why not?
Many people are comparing this to the Ray Bourque situation. This is not that. When Bourque left the Boston Bruins to play with the Colorado Avalanche, he was playing without ever raising Lord Stanley’s Cup. He requested a trade from a team that was basically out of it. Neither of these are true for Brodeur.
The 41-year-old has raised the Cup three times over his career. Although it has been over a decade since the last time, it still isn’t like Bourque. The Devils may be in seventh place, but they are nowhere close to out of the playoff picture.
It may be hard to watch Brodeur struggle and see his playing time lost to Cory Schneider, but there isn’t one Devils fan in existence that wants to see him in another jersey. The fans take great pride in having him as their goalie. They can say the greatest of all time plays for their franchise. When you go to a game, you see most of the jerseys in the arena have the No. 30 on their backs. He is bigger than just another player; he is this franchise.
On top of that, you don’t want his last memory as a Devil to be what happened at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26. Not everyone gets to go out on top, but he shouldn’t have to go out like that.
Some may say that it is a bad business decision to hold on to a piece that is not going to help you out in the future. Those people need to see that this franchise has not had much, but they always had Brodeur.
In reality, what would Brodeur bring in a trade? Is it worth letting go of one of the best players in the history of the game, your best ever, for a second-round pick? Succumbing to basically a gamble? This sounds terrible to me.
If Brodeur ties Lamoriello’s hands and demands a trade, then he is the bad guy. There is nothing to be done by management if he is unhappy as a Devil. If he wants to leave, then their hands are tied. If there is a possibility to keep him a Devil for life, then do what you can to preserve that.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. You can follow him on Twitter here.