Martin Brodeur in an NHL jersey other than the New Jersey Devils sweater? Imagine that for a second. Can you picture it? I sure can’t, but with Brodeur stuck on the bench for the majority of Devils’ games and his desire to play for a contender, it looks like it could actually happen.
The Fourth Period is reporting that after a discussion between Brodeur and Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, the chances of Brodeur being dealt have possibly gone up. Lamoriello doesn’t want to deal his franchise goalie, but it seems that Brodeur has convinced him that he might have to.
It seems that Brodeur would accept a deal to a contender in which the Devils got something valuable in return. Makes sense, that’s how Jarome Iginla wanted to leave the Calgary Flames. It might not have happened, but it’s the principle that counts.
Teams that interested in Brodeur according to TFP are the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks seem like the more interesting option for Brodeur because of their status as a Stanley Cup contender.
He would give the Blackhawks veteran leadership while giving Corey Crawford a better safety net behind him. It would also keep the pressure on him as he would know that Brodeur is right behind him nipping at his heels.
The end of an era in New Jersey could be on hand if Brodeur wants to continue his career past this season. He would also become another NHL great that finished his career with the team that he made his name for.