For weeks leading up to the NHL trade deadline there was speculation that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur could be finishing up his Hall of Fame career in a different city, but after Wednesday’s deadline passed, Brodeur remained with the only NHL team he’s ever played for, but he admits it was an odd feeling hearing his name rumored in trade talks.
“It was weird,” said Brodeur, who has won three Stanley Cups and been to five Cup finals. “There was (a little uncertainty) not knowing what would happen. I was pretty particular about what I asked, so I knew the chances were that I wasn’t going to go anywhere.”
With the trade speculation, no matter how slim the chances were he would be dealt, now a thing of the past, where does Brodeur fit into the Devils plans with Cory Schneider entrenched as the team’s starting goalie?
“I am here to do my best and play as many games as possible and get into the playoffs,” said Brodeur, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. “I don’t have many years left and I want to get into the playoffs and get another run. We’re in a position on the outside looking in and I want to be part of the solution on getting into the playoffs, and hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do it.”
Maybe Brodeur gets another opportunity to lace up the skates in a playoff start where he has been so dominant in the past and leads the Devils, but the more likely outcome is Brodeur hangs up the skates after this season and awaits enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.