Martin Brodeur has been saying a lot of things lately regarding his short-term future with the New Jersey Devils.
After giving up six goals in the Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Brodeur said that he would not be surprised if the Devils attempted to trade him. On Tuesday night, he told Tom Gulitti of The Fire & Ice blog that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Devils wanted to deal him to make the team better.
"I’m open to anything," Brodeur told me. "I just want to play. So, like I said in Toronto, if there’s a better situation for me, I’ll take it. If it’s here or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter."
Brodeur also added that he is not yet ready to ask for a trade, adding "unless in the next three weeks it goes worse than (it is), we’ll see. But I don’t think I will ask."
This is still in the hypothetical "what if" stage, but here is the problem with all of it: How much of a market is there going to be for Brodeur at this stage of his career outside of New Jersey?
The guy is a hockey legend, a slam dunk Hall of Famer, and one of the best players in franchise history. But what team is going to trade for a 41-year-old goalie who has been badly declining for at least three years now? Since the start of the 2010-11 season, 45 goalies have appeared in at least 82 games. Brodeur is 37th on that list in save percentage, and the players below him are a rather dismal bunch. A couple of them aren't even in the NHL anymore.
Brodeur's standing on that list isn't getting any better this season.
Given how well Cory Schneider has played for the Devils this season, it's still somewhat shocking -- and perhaps costly to the Devils -- that Brodeur has played in as many games as he has.
Whether it's a trade or simply giving Schneider the bulk of the workload it's long past time that the Devils went in a different direction in net.