Martin Brodeur has cemented his legacy as one of the best goaltenders of his or any other generation after a Hall of Fame career with the New Jersey Devils that has seen him hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup over his head three times, but his time in the Garden State could be coming to an end when the NHL resumes after the Olympic break.
Cory Schneider is firmly entrenched in net for the Devils leaving Brodeur to play sparingly for the team who is hoping to avoid missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons and Larry Brooks of the New York Post looks at the issue in play for the future Hall of Famer.
“The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.”
The 41-year-old netminder hasn’t been bad this season, but he hasn’t been playing to the elite level which has been the standard for Brodeur, but could his postseason experience be better served on a team better equipped to see the second season?
Brooks mentions the Minnesota Wild who have relied on rookie Darcy Kuemper or the Nashville Predators where the health of Pekka Rinne is in question as two possible destinations if Brodeur requests a trade.
Most of the teams contending for the playoffs and the legit Stanley Cup contenders are solid in net, so perhaps Brodeur finds there is no place like home.
One this for certain is if Brodeur done another team’s uniform it’s going to look awfully odd.