Will Brodeur be the next goalie traded?
March, 3, 2014
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com
The big fish is gone in Ryan Miller but he likely won't be the only goalie traded in the next few days.
For starters, what becomes of the NHL's all-time winningest netminder?
The Minnesota Wild seem like the perfect fit for Martin Brodeur, who no doubt would welcome being reunited with old New Jersey pal Zach Parise.
The Wild have been getting solid goaltending from rookie Darcy Kuemper and he looks like he can be a No. 1. But what if he falters, as some rookies do, or gets hurt?
Niklas Backstrom has been battling injuries all season and is unreliable. Josh Harding was fantastic until his MS flared up again. You feel for him, by the way.
But the Wild are playoff-bound and need assurances in net.
They looked in on Buffalo before Miller was ultimately traded to St. Louis. I never felt the Wild were ready to get into that kind of blockbuster.
But Brodeur or, possibly, Jaroslav Halak (now in Buffalo) are both UFAs July 1 and present certainly smaller investments in terms of what it would take to get them.
Thing is, we still haven't heard from Papa Lou in all this, have we? Veteran Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has kept his intentions rather quiet on what he's going to do with Brodeur, a Hall of Fame backup to Devils starter Cory Schneider. This is a delicate one, for sure. Brodeur is the most important player in Devils history.
On the outside looking in, it just feels to me as if Brodeur is ready to move on. He certainly hasn't shied away from the subject all season long, but always adding that only if Lamoriello felt it was the right thing to do.
To me, it's clear Minnesota would top Brodeur's list. He's got a shot to play games alongside Kuemper plus, aside from the Parise connection, there's the fact Brodeur's twins are at Shattuck St. Mary's school there.
It all ties up in a nice bow, really.
But first, Lamoriello has to want to make the move. Secondly, I don't think the Wild are interested in breaking the bank in terms of what it's going to take to get a goalie in.
So if Halak is cheaper ...
Plus, there are other goalie options. You've got Viktor Fasth in Anaheim, who I believe is available, Tim Thomas in Florida, Justin Peters in Carolina, Ilya Bryzgalov in Edmonton et al.
A source this past weekend simply told me the Wild were kicking tires on different goalie options.
Still, none of those guys above carry the buzz of acquiring the NHL's all-time wins leader in Brodeur.
The latest on Callahan
Sources confirm that Ryan Callahan has softened somewhat of late in his contract demands, but as of Monday morning he's still not close to a deal with the Rangers.
Recently, the Rangers captain dropped his term request from seven years, which had been a major sticking point, to six years, sources confirmed.
But the money he's asking, somewhere just south of $6.5 million, a source said, remains too much money for the Rangers, who I believe would do a six-year, $6 million per year contract.
Doesn't seem as though they're that far apart at this point. But if that remaining gap doesn't close further over the next couple of days, the Rangers seem intent to trade him.
Just doesn't seem right to see Callahan wear another uniform. Hopefully both sides can further reduce this gap.