The New Jersey Devils are taking on the Detroit Red Wings tonight in a game that is crucial to both team’s playoff hopes. Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador are both returning to the lineup. Brunner was hurt for the teams’ first matchup, so this is the first time he is facing his former team. But nobody cares about any of this today.
All the talk has centered around Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and the reported “impending” trade with the Minnesota Wild. The Twitter-verse was going wild (no pun intended) with many saying that Brodeur had waived his no-trade clause and that a deal with the Wild was already done. People were talking about how the Devils would let Brodeur get one last start tonight against the Red Wings before he departs.
The Devils GM Lou Lamoriello went ballistic on reporters earlier today when they suggested that a deal was impending. He was not his normal cool, calm, collected self. He was clearly angry at all the rumors that were spread throughout the day. With the way people expect the media to react, Lou should not be surprised with how this happened. However, when things start to leak, the Devils usually back out of those deals. It looks like that is what is happening here.
It looks as if the Wild are going to try to move on to recently acquired Buffalo Sabres goalie Jaroslav Halak, who has refused to suit up for his new team. It seems like that might make more sense, even with people saying the Wild didn’t like how he played behind a great defense.
There is no way to tell what will happen with Lamoreillo, coach Peter DeBoer and the rest of the Devils brass running such a tight ship. All we know is Brodeur is starting tonight, and as of right now he is a Devil. We will see if it stays that way.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to the site’s NBA, NFL and MLB content. You can follow him on Twitter here.