Martin Brodeur won two games against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final and it’s been all down hill since then for the former face of the New Jersey Devils. The 42-year old Brodeur has posted back to back abysmal seasons and had been supplanted as the Devils’ No. 1 goalie by Cory Schneider before being allowed to leave the Devils as an unrestricted free agent. As Brodeur remains unsigned and teams use other resources to address their goaltending, his options are dwindling. Could the Kings be one of those options?
Brodeur would obviously be the backup to established superstar and two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick, but is he even worth having in that role? For starters, Martin Jones excelled when Quick went down with an injury last year and is nearly 20 years younger than the former Devil. Jones is only going to improve, and while he would fetch a return on the trade market, the timing is all off.
If the Kings were to move Jones, they should have done it when it was still a seller’s market before every team that needed a net-minder acquired one. Moving him now would lead to the Kings getting far less than market value for a very solid and improving asset.
All this is besides the point as Brodeur is a shell of his former self and should take the high road and retire after wearing one jersey his entire career. For what its worth, Brodeur should have had a Derek Jeter type retirement tour that ended in Jersey.
The sight of Brodeur in another jersey is something no hockey fan wants to imagine, even if that jersey is of a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in Southern California.