NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If the Devils continue to struggle they might get the green light to do something that’s pretty unthinkable.
Imagine, if you can, Martin Brodeur in another uniform.
The idea isn’t out of the realm of possibility now that Brodeur has reportedly said he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if New Jersey’s season continues to go nowhere.
“I hope it will never happen, but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here,” Brodeur told the Newark Star-Ledger on Tuesday.
Brodeur, 41, is currently splitting time with Cory Schneider, but many figure it’s just a matter of time before the goaltender that many consider the greatest to ever lace up skates finds himself a glorified backup. The only thing that hasn’t made this a reality to this point is the fact that the Devils are 3-7-4 with a minus-16 goal differential, which is among the worst in the NHL.
The four-time Vezina Trophy winner, who holds basically every prominent individual record in league history, is 2-3-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average, numbers that are not very Brodeur-like considering his resume. But what’s more alarming is his .888 save percentage, which, if the season ended today, would be his lowest since he played four games for New Jersey as a rookie in 1991.
But that’s not to say there won’t be takers if Brodeur gives the Devils his blessing for a deal. In the right situation, as in for a playoff team, his experience and remaining skill set would be invaluable. Brodeur told the Star-Ledger he certainly doesn’t want to leave New Jersey, but at the same time wants another shot at a fourth Stanley Cup title, something that’s likely a real long shot with the Devils.
“I’m not looking for that. I want to get back into the playoffs with this team and try to do something with this team. I would say 99 percent I’d say no right now. But for a little bit of time [in the spring]? Nobody is going to remember it, really. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal,” Brodeur said.
Brodeur has said he has not ruled out signing another one-year deal next season, but which team that might be with is now, legitimately, open to discussion.
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