New Jersey Devils: Brodeur trade?

Devils legend Martin Brodeur. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Devils legend Martin Brodeur. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils admitted today that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if his club are not contenders near the trade deadline. And in actuality, they likely won’t be. Thus, Marty may join a long list of players to endure an entire career with one franchise, only to join a new team right at the end of his playing days.

Last summer, Daniel Alfredsson left the only team he’s ever known to join the Detroit Red Wings in hopes of winning his first Stanley Cup. Brodeur has won three Cups.

Brodeur told the Star-Ledger he would be open to accepting a trade under the right circumstances:

“I hope it will never happen, but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here.”

Quote courtesy of New Jersey News dot com

If Marty is willing to waive his no-trade, where might he end up? At this point all we can do is speculate so let’s go ahead and do that.

Brodeur probably wants to win another Stanley Cup. He mentions in the article by New Jersey News that he’d accept a trade if the Devils aren’t a contender. I take that as – if the Devils aren’t a contender, Martin Brodeur is willing to join a team that is a contender.

At the moment, contenders in the NHL have pretty good goalies, which hurts Brodeur’s chances of a trade like this taking place in reality.

The Boston Bruins enjoy the comforts of Tuukka Rask between the pipes. The Los Angeles Kings rely on ever-steady Jonathan Quick to get them wins. The San Jose Sharks need no help as long as Antti Niemi is stopping pucks like he does.

A great team needs only one great goaltender in its starting lineup. That makes a Marty trade to a contender difficult. However, if Brodeur is willing to join a contending team as a backup, that changes everything. The Boston Bruins aren’t exactly fully insured if Rask should suffer an injury. Ditto for the Kings and the Sharks with Quick and Niemi, respectively.

Maybe Marty is okay with becoming a backup and going on a lengthy Cup run while watching from the bench. If that is the case, I’d have to think many teams like the ones mentioned above, may be somewhat interested. Unfortunately, the going rate for backup goaltenders isn’t high.

As the coming months unfold we’ll know more. The Devils will become a contender and Brodeur will remain, or, more likely, the day may come when Devils’ GM Lou Lamariello sees an opportunity to acquire assets by trading the greatest player in the history of his franchise.