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Report: Martin Brodeur may be asked to waive no-trade clause

Feb 20, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT

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With the National Hockey League’s trade deadline fast approaching, it appears Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur‘s time with organization may be nearing an end sooner than any possible retirement plans.

According to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger, the 41-year-old Brodeur may be asked to waive his no-trade clause before the March 5 deadline. Brodeur, who has played 1,248 regular season games – all with the Devils – and has recorded 682 wins in that span, not to mention his three Stanley Cup championships, has one year left on a two-year deal worth a cap hit of $4.5 million, as per Capgeek.com.

As players across the league not participating in Sochi took part in their first practices during this Olympic break, there appeared to be a sense of uncertainty about Brodeur’s future with the Devils. Earlier this month, there was a report that Brodeur met with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello to discuss his future.

The addition of goalie Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks last summer has only thickened the plot.

“I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said, as per The Star-Ledger.

“I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.”

  1. blomfeld - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW ! :)

    Good, as I say get rid of this aged fossil ‘right now’ and clear the deck for the new order !

    GO SCHNEIDER !!!

    *** NHL’s Top Goalies as per Josef Stransky @ Der Berliner Zeitung ***

    1) Jonathan Quick (kamerad)
    2) Martin Jones (kamerad)
    3) Cory Schneider (kamerad)
    4) Jonathan Bernier (kamerad)
    5) Henrik Lundqvist

    28) Carey Price
    29) Jim Neighbors
    30) Roberto Luongo

    • phxyotes - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      You’re a tool dude. Have some respect for one of the best goalies to ever play the game.

    • flylikearaven88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      How are Schneider and Bernier in the top 5?

    • dmg322 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Maybe you should learn to respect your elders and their accomplishments. Don’t forget..you’re going to be “old” some day too and I hope you get a lot more respect than what you just gave Marty!

    • c9castine - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      lol at the TOOLS crying about respect.

  2. barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Let the fire sale begin.
    DeBoer and Lou bye bye at the end of the season, which will not include playoffs.

  3. 950003cups - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    I love everything about Brodeur’s career. It’s the envy of every pro athlete. However, if trading him will bring something back of value, then that makes him a hero to the Devils who have been crumbling under Lou Lamoriello’s latest moves.

    C’mon Marty!! Do one more solid for us!!!!!! Get us something to put in the prospect cupboards!!!!!! All the ones Lou picked “went home”.

    • barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      Hey 95- do you think my prediction will come true that Josh will clean house? Lou’s time has come. Time for a fresh new look for the Devils.

      • 950003cups - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        I do think he will be retired soon. If that was your prediction, then you are a year away from the time I think it will happen.

    • martysbetter - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Crumbling under Lou’s latest moves? Like trading the 9th overall pick for Corey Schneider?

      • 950003cups - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        While the move to get Cory was a great move, it was only because Edmonton was in their division. We were the only team in the top 10 that had nothing in our AHL for goalies. YES the 3 that Lou picked have not shown to be sturdy even at the AHL level. Lou gave a lot less than Edmonton offered. If you think Lou played a Jedi mind trick on Mike Gillis than I understand. But he didn’t. The reason he had to get Schneider was because he drafted 3 BUSTS!!!

  4. lofty35 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    What if… The wild?

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    And if he does not, what are the consequences?

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Who’s gonna want him? He’s not the goalie he once was, far from it.

    • 7mantel - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      One of the teams on the playoff bubble ?

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        Definetly not, no contending team is going to give up a piece or a pick for a washed up goalie. Sorry, respect for the legend that is Marty Brodeur, but please

      • 7mantel - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Only time will tell , I’ve seen some crazy moves in my time !

    • thecheeman - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      As a Devils fan all this talk of trading Brodeur makes me nuts. Who in the hell is trading for him? I mean I can see someone giving up a 5th round pick for him to have him there as a backup goalie and steady voice for a young team in the playoffs or something, but you’re not giving up much more than that, and the Devils shouldn’t trade him for that little it’s not worth it.

      • 7mantel - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        I guess the cap hit is behind the Devils willing to get anything for Marty !

  7. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    lol

  8. buckeye044 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Not sure where he would go. I can’t see him going to a non-playoff team and I can’t see him going to a playoff team as a backup.

    • thecheeman - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      I can see him to a playoff team as a backup, but is that going to make Brodeur happy?

  9. pmac26 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    He may be the greatest goal tender of all time and deserves to be able to call the shot on when/ if he leaves NJ. He should never play in another NHL sweater, when you think Devils hockey you think about this guy.

    • thatstinks - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      I live in rural Georgia and was stunned to read Broduer might be traded . I don’t even watch hockey and had to read this . BTW is there really a goalie named Jim Neighbors ?

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      My thoughts exactly…read my little post below on how Brodeur could pull a twist by helping out the Devils and never having to suit up for another team…LOL

      • pmac26 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        I’m a die hard Pens fan, Brodeur has broken my heart countless times being anything but a New Jersey Devil would just be wrong. Just like the years Patrick Roy was in Colorado in my mind don’t count he will always be a Montreal Canadian to me.

  10. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Brodeur is not the goalie he once was…however he is still much better than some other goalies in the league.

    Even at 41 he is probably still in the top 40 goalies actively playing in the league (IMO)… which means he could still be a very effective player on many teams.

    This is not a biased answer due to me being a Devils fan, but looking at it as a hockey fan.

    The Devils are not scoring..therefore his win % is low…take a look at Schneider’s record as well.

    I think if Brodeur does waive his NTM clause it will benefit the Devils in general.

    On a side note: As a die hard Devils fan….Brodeur should waive is NTM clause….get traded then retire immediately, never suiting up for another team. LOL. This would help the future of the team and he can retire as a Devil from beginning to end.

  11. JoeAvg - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    This would indeed be a sad day. Can you imagine seeing Howe in anything but a Red Wings uniform? Lemieux as anything but a Penguin? Gretzky as anything but an Oiler….oh…wait. Sad day indeed.

    • JoeAvg - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Hummmm. Forgot about Hartford’s PR move. Oh well – point made.

  12. lateralous - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I think this is a total BS article by Chere. Unless Brodeur decides he wants to move on to squeeze in a few more games this year instead of sitting behind Schneider, there’s no way he gets moved. As many have pointed out, his value isn’t much more than a late round pick. That would be embarrassing to trade him for so little and would say more about the job Lou has done squandering assets for the last decade than anything.

    As a Devils fan, I want to see Schneider play every game until they are eliminated because in 2014 he is that much better Brodeur but Marty gets to ride out the string unless he decides otherwise. If Lou has finally accepted that some re-tooling is in order, pawn of someone with actual value to a contender like Zidlicky for a much higher pick and clear up the two year long log jam on D at the same time.

  13. earpaniac - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I understand, but I hate when this happens. Mays as a Met, OJ a Niner, etc.

  14. flylikearaven88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I can see Homer in Philly trading like a 1st round pick and Braden Schenn for him. He is due to trade some young guys for an aged veteran.

    • matthewmacisaac - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      You have Homer confused with Clarke.

  15. flash8910 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    OK, I get it. It makes sense. The Devils have their future goalie so whatever they can get in return is better than nothing.

    So what team would want him? He will not be the #1. It must be a playoff set team. It’s not Anaheim (Hiller, Andersson, Fasth). It’s not Chicago (Crawford’s backup played well in his absence). It’s the king (Jones played well in Quick’s absence). Not Minn. No. St. Louis. Not San Jose.

    Any thought?

  16. skr213 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Brodeur should not be traded. Whenever he retires, it should be as a Devil, having played every game of his career a Devil. To trade him for peanuts (that’s all they’ll get) just disrespects everything the man has done for the Devils over the course of more than two decades.

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