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Report: Wild ‘expected’ to get Halak, not Brodeur

Mar 4, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

Just when it looked like the Minnesota Wild were on the verge of acquiring Martin Brodeur, the New York Post has flipped the script:

Earlier today, the New York Daily News reported the Devils and Minnesota “have agreed upon a deal that would send the lifelong Devil and future Hall of Famer to the Wild.”

The report went on to add the deal was pending Brodeur’s approval — he has a no-trade clause — and, bizarrely, was contingent upon him playing tonight against Detroit for one final home game in front of the New Jersey faithful.

Needless to say, the concept of a “farewell” game with all its inherent injury risks was a little far-fetched for some:

The Wild are in need of some sort of veteran goaltending presence given the unlikelihood of Josh Harding‘s return, Niklas Backstrom‘s inconsistent health and Darcy Kuepmer’s inexperience.

Halak, a pending UFA, could be as equally useful as Brodeur in terms of a rental, but comes with a far less decorated resume.

  1. rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Brodeur wants to go somewhere where he’d see more playing time– would that really be the case in Minny? (and is he aware of that?)

  2. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Most GM wouldn’t play Brodeur if he was to be traded.

    However, Lou is not your typical GM.

    Brodeur tonight would be playing his 1250th career regular season game as a Devil, would would give him an even mile marker at 1250 and his last game being on home ice.

    Look what Lou and Pete did for the Stadium Series game…Schneider had been playing much better leading up to that game.

    The Devils treat their players like family, and this last display of allowing him to end on a good note in a Devils uniform would not surprise me if he is moved tomorrow.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Devils treat their players like family? Does that make Kovalchuk the troubled teenager who runs away at 15?

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Kovi is the face of the KHL now, not just the team he play for. He’s now the Crosby/Ovechkin over there.

        He really f-ed over the entire team with that move to retire.

  3. sabatimus - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Come on, what are the odds Brodeur gets hurt in a single game?

  4. djshnooks - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Tim Murray’s a boss.

    This has been reported in Buffalo days ago…and Stewart probably to Ottawa.

  5. jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Good for Halak if he goes to a playoff contender. After all, he HAS helped put the Blues in the position they are in. Unfortunately, his production was close to Elliot’s and he could never secure that definitive #1 spot. Maybe he’ll play better without a talented backup breathing down his neck. As for Stewart, the effort hasn’t been there this year, so I could care less where he ends up. Much like Perron last year, it was just time for a change.

    • blues1988 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      agreed. i felt bad for halak but didn’t feel bad for stewart at all. i’ve always had a soft spot for halak. hope he ends up with minnesota and gets a chance to contend. oddly enough though, the way it stands the first round of the playoffs would be blues vs wild. now that’d be something to see.

    • swenny19 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Are you kidding me? Have you payed ANY attention whatsoever to how Kuemper has played this year? I’d take him over Elliot any day. However, according to you he isn’t talented eh?

      • guitarhunterdude - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Kuemper’s a starter, Elliot’s a backup. Halak will be getting a timeshare in Minnesota, if he goes there. And that’s a nice little stable of goalies they’ll have, if Halak can stay healthy and Gustafsson can translate his game to the American rink.

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        He just lacks the experience. I’m not saying Halak is the future of Minnesota, but come playoff time, you may want him. Jake Allen stepped up last year and was phenomenal, but I’d be a nervous wreck if we had to rely on him when it counts. (In hindsight I wouldn’t have minded seeing him obviously)

    • lordfletcher - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Halak would be the #2 in Minnesota. Yeo isn’t going to bench Kuemper who has stolen games and is ad hot as Harding was this year. Halak is insurance as Harding isnt coming back this year (guessing) and Backs is a multi million dollar piece of glass.

      Halak will be motivating Kuempet, not the other way around.

      And anyone but the Blues in the first round!!! Please

      – wild fan

  6. credible316 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I hope we didn’t give up too much for his last couple months.

    • spiciercheez - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Based on your name, this must be true!!! I highly doubt (along with many other writers, GM’s, coaches, etc) that they would make a deal and then let him play another game. We have all already seen that same rumor that you posted, just let it play out. You don’t know any more than anyone else right now.

  7. purpleguy - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    It would have been fun to have Brodeur here to back up Kuemper and act as a mentor, particularly with his two kids playing hockey at a nearby school in Faribault.

  8. guitarisgood4u - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    The Wild really hasn’t had much luck with players from former Czechoslovakia
    On one hand, Gabby’s best years were in Minnesota, but he wanted out.
    Havlat is made of glass and wanted out
    Zidlicky wanted out.
    any others I’m forgetting?

    • guitarisgood4u - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Let me correct myself before someone freaks out, 2 of Gaborik’s 3 most productive seasons were with the Rangers.

  9. jpkell05 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I know its silly, but I kind of want the Sabres to trade Halak to the WIld and then acquire Brodeur to play for the rest of this season and next season. If Brodeur wants a trade so he can play more, then there is nowhere he is going to get more work than in Buffalo and he can mentor the up and coming goalies in Buffalo.

  10. bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Instead…they get Bryzgalov lol

  11. 950003cups - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Bryzgalov?? Why would Minny want him?

    • spiciercheez - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Because he costs next to nothing and Wild will be riding Kuemper from here on out anyways. Not an awful backup tender for the price.

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