NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/TiqIQ) – With the NHL trade deadline looming at 3pm Wednesday, some big names are on the table. Since this morning, there have been rumors circulating that a deal is in place between the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild involving New Jersey’s 41-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur. The rumored trade would send the NHL’s all-time win leader goaltender to Minnesota and make tonight’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings his last time in red and black. After the rumors of a possible trade became public, secondary market prices for tonight’s game increased over 200%.
The conversation appeared to begin earlier this month when Brodeur waived his no-trade-clause and mentioned he would only go somewhere he would get sufficient playing time. The Wild, as a perspective team, make sense as two of his sons play together at Shattuck-Saint Mary’s in Minnesota. There has been some speculation Brodeur would not be starting tonight if a trade was agreed upon due to a risk of possible injury derailing a trade. Other reports say Brodeur wants to get one final home game in New Jersey before he leaves his team of the past 21 seasons. Brodeur’s start tonight would be his 1,250th NHL game.
Either way, the prices of New Jersey Devils tickets on the secondary market have gone through the roof since this morning with many fans poring over the Prudential Center seating chart for the best available tickets tonight. To Devils fans, Martin Brodeur is more than just a goalie. He’s the Derek Jeter of the Devils, another iconic player leaving a New York area team in 2014. Yesterday you could have attained tickets for what could now be Brodeur’s last game as a Devil for as low as $9. As of 12pm today, prices are up 216% with no tickets available for less than $60. The Average price is currently $183.75, and rising, with inventory down 79% in the past 24 hours.
In their history, the New Jersey Devils have made it to the Finals 5 times (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012) winning three championships and only missing the playoffs twice in that span, all with Brodeur as the starter. The thought of him in another uniform may seem blasphemous to many Devils fans, but the transition has already been in place this season with Cory Schneider taking over for Brodeur as the team’s number one. Devils head coach Lou Lamoriello has said he will do whatever he can to make the team better. If that’s the case, Devils fans should prepare themselves for a better team involving moving on from Martin Brodeur.
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