Brodeur deal imminent? Not so fast
March, 4, 2014
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Bill KostrounCould Martin Brodeur be on his way to Minnesota?UPDATE: The Minnesota Wild acquired veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday in exchange for a fourth-round draft selection (click here for the full story). This makes it very unlikely that the Wild would also get Brodeur
With the NHL trade deadline looming, don’t expect any of the speculation surrounding goaltender Martin Brodeur to die down until the clock strikes 3:01 p.m. on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old Brodeur, who is believed to be open to a trade, could be on the move after spending his entire 20-year career with New Jersey.
One report that surfaced Tuesday morning suggested that a deal with the Minnesota Wild may already be in the works, though that seems suspect for one very obvious reason.
While the Wild’s interest in Brodeur is believed to be legitimate -- Minnesota could use some goaltending insurance with Josh Harding’s status unclear -- it is entirely inconceivable that the Devils would let the goalie start Tuesday night against Detroit if a deal was actually in place.
Even if Brodeur wanted some sort of one-game farewell to Devils fans, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would never run the risk of an injury that could derail the deal.
Though Brodeur appears at least open to the possibility of exploring a trade, it is not immediately known whether Lamoriello would be prepared to part ways with the future Hall of Famer when the time comes.
Lamoriello has previously said he’d take his cues from Brodeur, who would need to waive his no-trade clause for any deal to take place, but perhaps that is easier said than done.
This is not to say that the Wild are not the most logical landing spot for Brodeur. Considering the Wild's positional needs and the fact Brodeur's two teen-aged sons attend prestigious hockey prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., it makes a lot of sense.
But the idea that a deal has already been agreed on does not.