Brodeur Remains with Devils
Martin Brodeur will remain a New Jersey Devil through the end of the season as the NHL’s trade deadline passes.
Nick Kypreos, a writer for the Canadian sports network Sportsnet, tweeted on Wednesday morning that Brodeur told General Manager Lou Lamoriello he wants to be traded. ” Devils will try and move Brodeur. He told his GM last nite he wants out. Lou told him not great market but he’d try his best to do it,” wrote Kypreos.
A half hour before the 3 p.m. deadline, Sportsnet’s Brian Lawton tweeted that there would be no trade and Brodeur would stay in New Jersey. His colleague Chris Johnston said that Brodeur, who has a no-trade contract, was even willing to be a backup goalie for Pittsburgh, Los Angeles or San Jose.
Townsquare Sports Director Kevin Williams isn’t surprised Brodeur stayed in New Jersey. “Both sides will wait until the end of the season to weigh Brodeur’s options,” noting that the contract of the future Hall of Famer who has spent his entire career with the Devils will be up.
The Devils did make one deal, getting forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. according to the team’s website.
Brodeur started Tuesday night in the Devils’ 4-3 win over Detroit at the Prudential Center in Newark amidst rumors of a trade. One Devils fan who made the last-minute decision to attend what could have been Brodeur’s final game as a Devil said fans paid tribute by chanting “Marty! Marty!” Teammates at the end of the game came to Brodeur as he stood in the net, hugging him and knocking gloves.
After the game, Brodeur was philosophical about his future in New Jersey. “I had some good conversations with Lou about what I want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next year. From there, you know, it’s up to him to make the decision that he wants. He knows exactly where I stand,” Brodeur told reporters after the game according to the Star-Ledger. “These are private matters between me and him. It’s been a hard couple weeks and it’s been a hard last part of the season with not playing a lot. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”
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- NHL trade deadline: As the clock ticks, Devils’ Martin Brodeur says, ‘I just want to play‘ / NJ.com
- Devils trying to move Brodeur before deadline / Sportsnet