Martin Brodeur: It's a 'private matter'

Updated: March 5, 2014, 1:52 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur said he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause yet. But with Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline looming, the New Jersey Devils goaltender's future remains unclear.

Canada's TSN, however, reported Monday night that Brodeur has submitted a list to general manager Lou Lamoriello of eight-to-nine teams he'd waive his no-trade clause to go to.

"I don't know," Brodeur replied when asked if he'll be a Devil once the deadline is over after making 20 saves in his team's 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. "I had some good conversations with Lou about what I want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next.

"From there, it's up to him to make the decision that he wants. He knows exactly where I stand. This is a private matter between me and him. It's been a hard couple weeks. It's been a hard half of the last part of the season for me with not playing a lot. We'll see what's gonna happen."

If it was his last start as a Devil, Brodeur certainly received a proper sendoff. The sellout crowd of 16,592 chanted his name for much of the night, and Brodeur raised his stick after the final horn sounded as he headed off the ice.

"I didn't expect that," Brodeur said. "I think you guys did a good job to kind of maybe create a sellout for the Devils (with all the rumors), I guess. ... I haven't played since I think Jan. 7 here in this building, so it's been a while. I'm happy to get back here and play well enough to win."

Brodeur, 41, has been supplanted on the depth chart by Cory Schneider, leaving the NHL's winningest goaltender to mostly sit on the bench and watch, something he's never done in his career.

Brodeur is 15-11-4 this season with a 2.49 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.

While Brodeur would not rule out a contract extension, he believes he can still perform at a high level, and says physically he feels as good as he has in the last three or four years.

"I'm not getting any younger, but I'm feeling good and I'm enjoying the game," he said. "I just want to play the game. And so we'll see what's gonna happen with the conversation that I had with Lou and the future of this, but everything is a possibility."

Brodeur denied a published report that he was going to be dealt to the Minnesota Wild after playing one last home game in New Jersey.

"It didn't come through me, so I knew it wasn't true," he said.

While Brodeur may want more playing time, that may be just as difficult to come by on other rosters. Brodeur, who has played his entire 21-year career with the Devils, has veto power on any trade possibility he could be presented with by Lamoriello.

Goaltenders Roberto Luongo (from Vancouver to Florida) and Ilya Bryzgalov (from Edmonton to Minnesota) were traded Tuesday.

"For sure I wasn't going to Vancouver or the Panthers, so, I think teams are making moves for different reasons, what they need and for me I have my own situation," Brodeur said. "I know it doesn't matter where other goalies end up today. We'll see what tomorrow's gonna bring."

Brodeur currently owns several records, including regular-season wins (684) and shutouts (124). He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (1995, 2000 and 2003) and two-time Olympic gold medalist (2002, 2010).

Brodeur, selected 20th overall by the Devils in the first round of the 1990 entry draft, is in the final season of a two-year, $9 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent once it's over.

The Devils (27-23-13) are currently two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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