NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils against the Red Wings on Tuesday night.
And then, amazingly, that could be it for the future Hall of Famer in New Jersey.
Earlier on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported that the Devils and the Wild had agreed to a deal that would send the legendary goalie to Minnesota. The lifelong Devil, who has a no-trade clause, would have had to approve the trade before it could be completed.
The newspaper’s report also said the 41-year-old wanted to mind the net one last time at a Devils home game before potentially moving on to the next chapter of his career.
And that could still happen, just don’t expect Minnesota to be his destination.
That’s because the wild acquired goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday afternoon.
Asked if he’s shopping Broduer, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he doesn’t respond to rumors.
“Whatever is said between Marty and I is between Marty and I. And don’t read into that there is anything. All I’m doing today and tomorrow is trying to make this team better,” Lamoriello told The Record of Bergen County. “I believe in this team and I’m doing whatever I can to make it better.”
Tuesday night’s game at Prudential Center, assuming he plays, will mark Brodeur’s 1,250th regular-season game in net for New Jersey.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
Brodeur’s contract will expire after the season. Another possible landing spot for the Montreal native, according to the Daily News, is his hometown. In addition to Brodeur being from the city, the Canadiens placed goalie Carey Price on IR retroactive to Feb. 26.
The 20th overall pick in 1990, Brodeur debuted with New Jersey in 1991. An all-time great, he has the most career wins among goaltenders, the most playoff shutouts, the most minutes played, the most games played and the most regular season shutouts.
Brodeur is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time Jennings Trophy winner and has been selected to the NHL All-Star game 10 times. He’s also the only goalie in NHL history to record eight 40-win campaigns.
Brodeur hasn’t been the No. 1 goalie for New Jersey in 2013-14, starting only 29 games to Cory Schneider’s 33. The three-time Stanley Cup champion has been up and down this season, going 14-11-4 with a 2.47 goal-against average and a .900 save percentage.
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