Martin Brodeur has been synonymous with New Jersey Devils since 1993. When the team acquired Cory Schneider at the draft last summer, if was clear that the franchise was preparing to move forward without the man who has started more than 1,200 games in net for them. This season has brought some interesting trade rumors to the forefront though, and it appears that the chatter surrounding Brodeur is intensifying.
Eklund of HockeyBuzz.com is reporting that several teams around the NHL have expressed very real interest in the veteran netminder, putting the heat on the Devils to perhaps make a move. Among the squads inquiring about Brodeur’s services are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals, according to Eklund.
The 41-year-old goalie has been facing down questions about a possible trade since the beginning of the season, but the Devils are only two points outside of a playoff spot in a wide open Metropolitan Division. If New Jersey can bolster their lineup for a run, would they be willing to part with an icon to do it?
For his part, Brodeur is open to a trade. He spoke to Randy Miller of NJ.com about whether or not he believed a trade would be best for all parties involved:
No, no, not necessarily. But you know, if it’s in their best interests and they come up to me, we’ll entertain it. It doesn’t mean I’m going to say yes. It’s kind of a situation I was never in.
Goalies with resumes like Brodeur almost never become available. Despite his age, Brodeur showed that he still has plenty of game left while fighting off Schneider for starts throughout most of the 2013-14 season. As hard as it is to imagine him in a Penguins sweater, things seem to be getting interesting in New Jersey’s camp.
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