The day before the 2014 NHL trade deadline has already brought a flurry of moves and plenty of tantalizing rumors. One big name that has been brought up in trade discussions has been New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
Earlier today, there were reports that the Minnesota Wild were close to acquiring the Hall of Famer, but ended up trading for Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Despite the possibility of becoming a member of the Wild no longer in play, Brodeur could still be moved to another team looking to bolster its goaltending.
If Brodeur is indeed dealt before tomorrow’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, Tuesday night’s 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings will be his last in a Devils uniform. With plenty of fanfare and chants of “Marty! Marty!” throughout the game, Brodeur made 20 saves on 23 shots in a winning effort.
The Devils and Red Wings seemed destined to head to overtime, but Stephen Gionta scored with 37 seconds left in the third period to break the tie. Detroit failed to threaten during the final seconds which sealed the game and possibly Brodeur’s career with the Devils.
With Bryzgalov, Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth and Vancouver Canucks netminder Robert Luongo already packing their bags after being traded earlier Tuesday afternoon, Brodeur seems to be one of the last goaltenders available. But since the Wild rumor has been shutdown, no recent reports have come forward indicating a possible landing spot for Brodeur.
An interesting thing to note after the game ended was that Brodeur was not picked as one of the game’s Three Stars. Wouldn’t you think that even if there was a remote possibility he gets moved that he would have been recognized in his final game? If Brodeur is gone by tomorrow, he didn’t receive the goodbye he deserves.
Maybe the Devils are calling off the trade dogs on the face of their franchise. Which means Brodeur would finish out the final year of his two-year, $9 million contract with the team that he has spent his whole career with. And if that’s the case, New Jersey will indeed give the three-time Stanley Cup champion the goodbye he deserves.