I am convinced that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. As the 41-year-old Brodeur finds himself sitting on the Devils bench more often, the writing may be on the wall. It seems that if Brodeur wants to continue playing NHL hockey he may need to find a new home.
There are a few ways to look at this. The first way is one that some Devils fans may not like. Some will say it’s time to move on from the long time face of the Devils. But, I look at it this way. Maybe Brodeur has stayed too long. One could make the argument that it’s time to hang up the skate and sit behind a desk. It would be sad to watch a NHL great take the ice one season too many. He has his Stanley Cups, and his All-Star image. There really is not much left to prove.
If I were in the Devils front office I’m looking to get the NMC waived, and according to our partner site Pucks and Pitchforks the NMC has it has been waved. I make it clear that no one will ever wear the number 30 in New Jersey again, and thank Martin for all of his hard work, and for the Stanley Cups. But, it’s not really that simple. Or is it?
There is at least one team looking for a goaltender. As found in today’s Trade Rumors Roundup, the Minnesota Wild may want to roll the dice on the 41-year-old. With that in mind, what is a fair return on Brodeur? That is almost impossible to answer, but I’ll venture a guess. If I’m the Devils I’m looking for a forward and a strong draft pick. The hard part here is Martin Brodeur worth a first round pick? I guess that is for the GM’s to figure out.