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Brodeur itching to play more; Wild showing interest

Mar 2, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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Martin Brodeur earned the win yesterday in New Jersey’s 6-1 thrashing of the New York Islanders. It also may have been his last game as a member of the Devils.

Brodeur says he’s hoping to play more, but understands that won’t likely happen as long as Cory Schneider is playing as well as he is in front of him, as Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shares.

“If I would agree (to) it, it would be a position to get more ice time,” he said of a possible trade. “I feel really good and I think (today’s game) kind of helped me out to see the way I was playing and the feeling was today that I’ve still got a lot left in me and if I need to play somewhere else next year, I need to make some decisions.”

If going elsewhere is on his plate, one team that’s showing interest in him is the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild have injury and illness worries for Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper has taken the reins as their starter. Bringing in Brodeur to help out would at least make sure Kuemper isn’t walking a high wire without a net, so to speak.

  1. pistolpete31 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    He wouldn’t be playing more in MN unless Kemps slips up.

    We don’t need another old washed up goalie anyways.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Facts

      • tracerbob - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        No facts. Just plain old stupidity. Broduer is hardly washed up. And tell me how many washed up goalies have we had here? Kuemper is playing great, but we need another guy in net. Harding once he gets his meds straight should be back but maybe not this year. And Backs is done. Broduer is hardly washed up and in the playoffs he knows how to up his game.

  2. elwaysagenius - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Retire a Devil Marty, it’s what’s right.

  3. rebekah319 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    This goalie situation is not about Kuemper its about the fact that Backstrom just plain and simple can not play anymore this year due to this nagging injury problem) Its about getting help for Kuemper. So when fans say certain things without fully realizing the full picture its sad. Brodeur would be a good mentor to Kuemper and he would still get playing time. But we will see how this all works out

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      If the wild could land him without giving up anything too substantial it could be a very good move.

      • tracerbob - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Word from Russo is that it would cost us maybe a 3rd round draft pick. He also has 2 kids at St Marys. So he wants to be here.

  4. mrpinkca - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I think he has to look at the SV% line on his hockey reference page and think about how many teams he can get playing time on.

  5. credible316 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    If he wants more playing time, I don’t think Minnesota the right place to go.
    I wouldn’t want to give up anything for this guys last few months of hockey.

  6. strictlythedanks - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    dont do it wild! dont need him

  7. mnwildfan15 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Leave Marty alone and go get Khudobin back.

  8. stakex - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Brodeur might feel like he has a lot left…. but his play this year has said otherwise. He is currently 39th in S% and 17th in GAA. You could argue that the Devils don’t have a good team in front of him, but Cory Schneider is currently 2nd in S% showing that Brodeur’s numbers are of his own making. Its not just this year either, as last season his S% was only .001 higher than it is right now, showing a consistent pattern of decline.

    As such, I most certainly would look elsewhere if I was a team looking to make a deep playoff run. Brodeur might be able to ride his history with the Devils and their fans, but another team isn’t going to be able to ride that history to success with his current play.

  9. rgledz - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Ya, you guys are right…..why would the Wild need a HOF goaltender with something left in the tank to back up Kuemper?? That makes no sense. They can just have Kuemper play every game the rest of the way and cross their fingers…..right? Backstrom is hurt, he won’t be affective. Harding is dealing with more than anyone can imagine and I would guess that he won’t play much if at all this season. So if the Wild can get Marty at a fair price, why wouldn’t you do it???? Great mentor, playoff tested and he has a ring……been there done that. Last year of his contract too…..and he has two kids in private school here in Minnesota. It works for everyone. Why wouldn’t you do this at the right price? I’ll let the “experts” weigh in.

  10. thebigwhitecat - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    The Wild aren’t Cup contenders. Washington would be good.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Wild aren’t Cup contenders this year?

      and neither were:
      2012 Los Angeles Kings (#8 seed)
      2010 Philadelphia Flyers (#7 seed)
      2010 Montreal Canadiens (#8 seed)
      2005 Edmonton Oilers (#8 seed)
      2003 Anaheim Ducks (#7 seed)
      1999 Buffalo Sabres (#7 seed)
      1994 Vancouver Canucks (#7 seed)

      All of whom reached the conference finals those years.

  11. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    The obvious issue is that everything Brodeur has said centers on the fact that he wants playing time. Would he really be a healthy addition to the locker room if the intention is to only play him sparingly? If he was willing to accept a back up role (which is what he deserves at this point), I would support this move completely. However, kuemper deserves to play and I’m not sure a disgruntled brodeur is what the Wild need.

  12. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    That’s funny, bigwhitecat. Did you happen to watch Ovechcoast and the rest of the Craps get their lunch money stolen today? Capitals won’t make the playoffs, much less contend for the Cup. And that’s coming out of the vastly inferior eastern conference.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      I highly doubt that the Devils will move Brodeur to any team in the east, especially one that is in the playoff race.

      IF Brodeur moves, yes IF, he would more than likely end up in the West.

  13. greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Brodeur would no question waive his NTC to go to Minnesota. His son attends school in Minnesota…

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