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No, Martin Brodeur will not be given one last start if Devils trade him to Wild (UPDATE)


A hot story heading in to the NHL’s trade deadline Wednesday is that the New Jersey Devils are dangling Martin Brodeur, pending his approval as the longtime goaltender holds a no-trade clause.

The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that a deal is in place with the Minnesota Wild, but according to a source, it would be contingent upon Brodeur, who has manned the net for the Devils for 21 seasons, would be allowed to play in front of the New Jersey faithful one last time on Tuesday night in a game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center.

The speculation that Brodeur would waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Wild in and of itself makes sense as his two sons play at the high school hockey hotbed Shattuck-St. Mary’s, located in Minnesota.

Despite the fact that a trade to the Wild may make sense, the notion that two teams would agree to a deal and then give the go-ahead to allow a player — no matter how beloved — one last game in a team’s uniform is beyond ludicrous.

That sentiment is shared by journalists much more plugged-in and knowledgeable regarding the ins and outs of NHL trades. To wit:


Further, subsequent reporting indicates the Wild may be more interested in obtaining Jaroslav Halak, who was just traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan Miller blockbuster.

In any event, whether or not Brodeur suits up tonight for the Devils — he’s only played in 29 of New Jersey’s 65 games this year — has little to do with whether or not he’s traded to the Wild or any other NHL team. Actually, if he is between the pipes, a trade seems that much less likely.

UPDATE: It’s all a moot point now, as the Wild reportedly have acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers, per Mike Russo.

[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]