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Brodeur won’t rule out trade to contender

Nov 5, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Don’t worry if you get déjà vu reading this. You won’t be alone.

Per The Star-Ledger, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said today that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause to play for a contender if New Jersey is out of the playoff race by the March 5 deadline.

“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,” Brodeur said.

“I’m not looking for that. I want to get back into the playoffs with this team and try to do something with this team. I would say 99 percent I’d say no right now. But for a little bit of time (in the spring)? Nobody is going to remember it, really. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal.”

Brodeur’s comments today are reminiscent of, though a bit different than, the ones he made back in late 2011 when he was a pending unrestricted free agent.

“In the future you never know, but I don’t want to [change teams],” he said. “But if I want to play — and I have so much respect for this organization — and if they don’t feel I’m the guy for them and they want to move on, if I still want to play I have to look after myself. I don’t see that happening, but I can’t say no.”

Brodeur, 41, is once again a pending unrestricted free agent. And unlike two years ago, the Devils have their goalie of the future in 27-year-old Cory Schneider.

Of course, Brodeur’s willingness to be moved is only one aspect of any potential trade. How much a team would be willing to give up for him is another.

“For a goalie it’s a little different because if it’s a really good contender, usually they already have a good goalie. So that kind of closes doors a little bit. Unless they want to make sure that if something happens they have a guy who has been there before,” Brodeur said. “That could be a possibility. That’s not something that interests me right now, but it might.”

In seven starts for the Devils this season, Brodeur’s save percentage is just .888.

But on the other hand, we suppose his overall body of work is pretty impressive, what with the four Vezina Trophies, three Stanley Cups and 204 career playoff starts.

  1. Jackson Scofield - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Want Khabibulin for him? /troll

    • esracerx46 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      My thoughts exactly.Chicago’s got a couple prospects toiling in the minors. Cough Jimmy Hayes.

  2. jernster21 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    If a team is a contender, they likely don’t need help in net. Just a thought…

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Let me introduce you to a man named Marc Andre fleury on the Pittsburgh penguins. While I believe he can overcome his recent playoff demons, insurance never hurts.

      • jernster21 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Valid point.

    • stakex - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Its also possible that a contender could have an injury, or be a contender despite a high goals against average. You can win games in the regular season without a great goaltender by out scoring teams, like the Pens do every year and the Caps use to, but when defenses tighten in the playoffs you need to be able to keep the puck out of the net. Teams that can’t do that could be interested in giving Brodeur a shot.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Also the Isles could prob use him if they are in the playoffs this year

  3. killerpgh - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    If Vokoun doesn’t look like he can come back by the trade deadline it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Shero to at least call and see the price.

  4. murtdurt - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Pens should give up a 3rd rounder for him. He would be an immediate upgrade over Zatkoff and I’m sure he would get along great with fellow frenchman MAF, and maybe he can even learn a thing or 2 about composure in the playoffs from him. Just an idea

    • withseidelinn - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Would definitely take more than a 3rd

      • murtdurt - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        Considering Lou already doesn’t have a 1st this year (which would be shaping up to be a top 5 pick) he should be happy to get whatever picks he can get this year.

  5. sjtorpitt - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    There’s something called a salary cap.

    • killerpgh - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      And if you understand how the salary cap works you would realize that the Penguins could fit Brodeur under the cap at the trade deadline. The NHL season is 195 day long. Every day a player is on the roster the team is credited with 1/195th of his salary goes towards the teams cap hit. The trade deadline is around 155 days into the season (estimation). So IF the Penguins were to acquire Brodeur on trade deadline day they would be responsible for about 40/195th (roughly $948,000) of his cap hit.

  6. mshantz22 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    There’s no good reason for him to leave the devils. He has 3 Stanley cups already and there really isn’t anything he has to gain from going elsewhere other than maybe playing a few more games.

    • withseidelinn - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I think the fact that he has so much respect for the organization is the reason he would be willing to go somewhere else. Not for his benefit, but to get the Devils something in return mainly. He can obviously enjoy one last playoff run if the Devils aren’t going to make it, and let’s face it, they need help.

      • 950003cups - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        If Brodeur could get them a first round pick for 2014, then he’s a hero.

    • spectre1982 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Brodeur is less than 30 wins away from 700 on his career. I have a suspicion that this is a milestone he would like to hit before he retires. I’m sure he wanted to get there as a Devil, but he’s only got this season and maybe next year to get there, and it probably won’t happen in NJ on a bad team especially now that Schneider is going to get most of the starts.

  7. joey4id - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Martin went to Lou before going public with this. “Hello. My name is Louis A. Lamoriello, president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils. I approve this message.”

  8. 950003cups - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Brodeur is sending a direct message to Lou Lamoriello.

    “get me a team worth playing for”

  9. martysbetter - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    This would be heartbreaking, but such is the state of the franchise.

    That being said, I think Brodeur understands the dire situation the Devils are in and this might be a way he can help us long term.

  10. xxakshunxx - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Aging Star Player = Flyers would be all over that if only he didn’t say he wanted to go to a Contender

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