Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils stands in goal during a break against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center on October 29, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Martin Brodeur’s recent admission Cory Schneider had taken over as the New Jersey Devils starting goaltender prompted Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox to suggest Brodeur consider moving on from the struggling Devils.
Cox believes the future Hall of Famer would attract interest from potential playoff contenders seeking experienced insurance between the pipes. He also noted the Carolina Hurricanes, with Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin sidelined indefinitely, could use Brodeur’s services now.
If Brodeur (who has a no-trade clause) was willing to accept a trade, Cox suggests it would happen near the March 5 trade deadline.
Since Cox’s article appeared, Schneider was sidelined by a lower-body injury, allowing Brodeur more playing time.
Given Brodeur’s long history with the Devils and GM Lou Lamoriello, it’s unlikely he will bail on the only NHL team he’s ever played for. It’s expected he’ll move into a front office role with the Devils upon his retirement.
Brodeur has accomplished so much with the Devils (including three Stanley Cup championships) he has no reason to chase another Cup ring with a different team. Odds are he finishes this season helping Schneider in his transition to full-time starter.
Lamoriello could try to shake up his defense. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported the Devils GM sent out an email offering to shop a veteran blueliner.
Garrioch believes Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Andy Greene fall into that category.
Greene should attract some interest. The 31-year-old is an experienced puck-mover earning $3 million per season.
Volchenkov is an effective shot-blocker, but his cap hit ($4.25 million) and lengthy injury history hurt his trade value. Zidlicky, 36, is in the final season of his contract with a cap hit of $3 million. Both players have no-trade clauses.
Harrold carries an affordable $800,000 salary, but he won’t attract much of a return.
PROSPAL TO RETURN TO RANGERS?
The New York Rangers 3-2 victory on Tuesday over the Islanders was only the fourth time they’ve scored three goals in a game this season. They’ve yet to tally more than three.
With a goals-per-game average of 1.64 – only the Buffalo Sabres (1.57) are worse – the Rangers are in dire need of an offensive boost.
Injuries have taken a toll. Winger Carl Hagelin only recently returned to the lineup after missing the first 10 games, while Rick Nash (concussion) and Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) remain sidelined.
It’s believed Rangers GM Glen Sather explored the trade market, but there isn’t much help to be found. Thomas Vanek was the only notable scoring forward available until the Buffalo Sabres shipped him to the Isles.
The New York Post’s Larry Brooks recently reported Sather held talks with unrestricted free agent winger Vinny Prospal, who is currently training in the Czech Republic.
Prospal had 30 points in 48 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. A former Ranger, he had 81 points in 104 games with the Blueshirts from 2009 to 2011.
The Rangers have limited cap space, but Brooks believes Prospal would be an affordable signing.
That Sather is willing to consider signing a 38-year-old indicates how dire things have become for the Rangers.
LITTLE INTEREST IN MILLER?
Two days after the Buffalo Sabres shipped Thomas Vanek to the Islanders for Matt Moulson and draft picks, it was revealed the Sabres retained nearly 20 percent ($1.4 million) of the remainder of Vanek’s $6.4-million salary for this season.
They could do the same thing with Ryan Miller in hopes of bolstering his trade value. Despite Miller’s apparent availability, Sabres GM Darcy Regier claimed he’s had no recent discussions with other clubs about his veteran goalie. His $6.25-million salary will be a factor in Regier’s attempts to move him.
Under the new CBA, teams can retain up to 50 percent of a player’s remaining salary/cap hit, up to a maximum of three contracts per season.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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