The Wild currently hold the first wild card spot in the Western Conference but are still ten points behind the third place team in the Central Pacific. A big factor in trying to make up ground and performing well in the playoffs is obviously goaltending. With the group they currently have, are the Wild sure they will have a good one going during the playoffs?
To that point, Micheal Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune wonders if the Wild will make a deal for a goaltender before the NHL Trade Deadline. The names Russo mentions are Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur.
Russo says that giving up a ‘boatload’ for Miller makes sense if they want to re-sign him for the long-term. However, if the Wild think Kuemper is their goalie of the future, then a deal should not happen. Russo also notes that Miller is 34 years old, so signing him to a long-term deal might be a bad idea.
That is why Russo says that the Wild should go after Brodeur. They wouldn’t have to give up so much to acquire him. Russo points out that Minnesota might be a place that Brodeur might waive his no-trade clause to go to because they are almost assured to make the playoffs and he would get a lot more games than he’s playing in New Jersey.
It would be shocking to see Brodeur in any jersey than a Devils one, but it might just happen this season.