Brodeur would consider waving no-trade if Devils aren’t contenders
Jaromir Jagr does not have a no-trade clause but Martin Brodeur, who does, told The Star-Ledger he would consider going to a contender.
“I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here,” Brodeur said Tuesday.
“I’m not looking for that. I want to get back into the playoffs with this team and try to do something with this team. I would say 99 percent I’d say no right now. But for a little bit of time (in the spring)? Nobody is going to remember it, really. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal.”
Brodeur is in the final season of his contract. He could accept a trade to a contender and perhaps even re-sign with the Devils if they wanted him back for another year.
“There is no doubt about that. It’s not like a buyout. I could do whatever I want,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something everyone is thinking about right now, but it happens. Some of the best players in the league have moved around. Ray Bourque. You name it. A bunch of guys had success somewhere else.
“I know something might happen, but I doubt if Lou will ask me unless I ask him.”
Would the Devils really consider trading Brodeur? Wayne Gretzky was traded twice and he wasn’t 41 years old.
And will there be a market?
“For a goalie it’s a little different because if it’s a really good contender, usually they already have a good goalie. So that kind of closes doors a little bit. Unless they want to make sure that if something happens they have a guy who has been there before,” Brodeur reasoned. “That could be a possibility. That’s not something that interests me right now, but it might.”
Brodeur was an unrestricted free agent after the 2011-12 season and could have signed somewhere else. He chose to remain with the Devils.